Friday, July 3, 2009

The Fourth of July; Cause for Celebration

More than a special day set aside for family bar-b-que dinners, and more than a day full of fireworks, but a day of reflection and celebration of a nation commemorating the immense faith and courage from the Founding Fathers in pursuit of something greater, a declaration for independence.

Standing the tests of time to date, the Declaration of Independence continues to invoke a certain passion in the people of America.

Ask someone to start reciting, and they start with, "We hole these truths to be . . ." As important as it is to know what the Declaration of Independence is, it is equally important to know how it truely starts out. That is where the document reaches its climax, and drives home an intimate sense of passion.

"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."

So, when you sit down at the table and start passing around the ribs and baked beans, take an extra second to think about what the Fourth of July is, a cause for celebration.

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