The Constitution of the United States of America begins with this powerful statement — “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.” What they forgot to add in 1776 was .. unless you are a person of color or a woman. Those truths had to be fought for.
The celebration of the 4th of July is symbolic for Americans to celebrate the birth of the United States as an independent nation. The Continental Congress declared that independence on July 2, 1776, however, it was not until July 4th, 1776 that the final draft of what is now know as the Declaration of Independence was complete.
The actual honoring of the occasion did not begin until almost a hundred years later in 1941 when Congress declared it a federal holiday. People gather across this great nation to picnic, enjoy parades and watch fireworks. We, as American’s, should not take these liberties lightly. We live in the greatest country on earth because of the courage to stand, declare and fight for these rights. And as a credit to our nation — now the statement I began this blog with is a reality for all.
Today I am thankful for ..
- I am proud to be an American
- A day that will be spent with family
- A security that even when I don’t hear from you, I trust all is well
- Began my yoga routine on my Wii Fit, again. Ibuprofen is my friend.
Please join me in praying for those in the fury of Hurricane Arthur on the east coast. Have a happy and safe 4th of July.
affectionately yours, Laura