“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.”
Fifty-six brave men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, mutually pledging to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
In the frivolity of our times, we may forget these words, thinking the Fourth of July only means time off from work to set off fireworks, have a cookout and some adult beverages, and even indulge in a short vacation.
However, the meaning of this day goes much deeper. Google the Declaration and read all of it. It’s at your fingertips.
We are eternally thankful that our Creator conceived the concept of Liberty, and Thomas Jefferson gave birth to this noble idea for all the world to read. Patrick Henry cried out, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
With remarkable leadership, George Washington and his ragged band endured the trials and deprivations of Valley Forge to prevail over the enemies of Liberty.
The Colonies lived and Thomas Jefferson, after serving two outstanding terms as President, died on the fourth of July to add a period to this story of sacrifice, to obtain our Liberty, gifted to us by the Founders.