Here in the US, the Fourth of July is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,
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 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…
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These words still have the power to stir my soul. I’m so grateful to everyone who has carried the torch of liberty, who has fought for it, died for it, for me and everyone who lives in this country.
I hope that, no matter where you live, you’ll take a minute to be grateful for your liberty, for your country.
What stories of your country inspire you? I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). (And don’t forget that once a quarter I’ll be tossing in something fun from the Perilously Fun Shop!) Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.