Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!

Watermelon.
Picnics.
Red-checked tablecloths.
Sunscreen and swimming pools, or maybe the lake.
Barbecued ribs and potato salad.
Sparklers.
Fireworks.
What is the 4th of July all about?

The other day I happened to be up late enough to catch Jay Leno (shocking, I know!) and saw him do some of his "Jay-walking". The questions that he was asking were about Independence Day. I was shocked that he could ask even ONE person who is an obvious American citizen why we celebrate Independence Day and have them NOT KNOW!!

Jay Leno: "Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?"
Stupid American Citizen: "Because it's Independence Day?"
Jay Leno: "Independence from whom?"
Stupid American Citizen: "Ummmm...." *trails off with blank look on face while crickets chirp in background*

Are you KIDDING ME? I mean, I know it's all in the editing and he probably asked plenty of people who did know the answer, but that doesn't make for good, funny T.V. so it wasn't included, but C'MON!!! For ANY adult American to not know the true reason for the celebration of Independence Day is just sad, sad, SAD!!


In 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, the men who signed the document committed an act of treason.
An act that was punishable by death.
They believed so much in what they were doing, they held so strongly to their beliefs, they wanted their freedom from Britain so badly, that they were willing to put their lives on the line for that freedom.

I benefit from the sacrifice of those men, so long ago. And I benefit, as well, from the sacrifice of the men who are serving our country in the military today. And I hope that I will not ever become complacent in remembering that many, many men have fought and died through the years to keep this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

So while I may celebrate the 4th of July with

Watermelon.
Picnics.
Red-checked tablecloths.
Sunscreen and swimming pools, or maybe the lake.
Barbecued ribs and potato salad.
Sparklers.
Fireworks.


I will remember the true reason that we celebrate this noble day and say that I am proud to be an American.

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"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....

....We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Excerpted from The Declaration of Independence (click link for full copy)

3 comments:

Flea said...

Preach it, sistah!

Sherri said...

Amen sister...preach on!!! Independence Day means so much more when you grasp what you are really celebrating and remember those who made it possible.

Jenn said...

I just cannot believe an adult AMERICAN CITIZEN did not know the reason for Independence Day!!! Even my 7 year old knows and can tell anyone! You're right, it is SAD. I tear up watching fireworks because I can't watch them without imagining all the battles of the Revolutionary War and what those men went through to ensure OUR freedom.