To the editor:
The Fourth of July is Independence Day, having been made a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The separation of the original 13 colonies occurred on July 2, 1776, and was explained through this document on July 4.
John Adams wrote to his wife that this date “ought to be celebrated as a day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God, Almighty ... and ... solemnized by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward and forever more.”
Tomorrow marks the 238th celebration of the Fourth of July and it must be remembered for its true meaning: freedom. It took hard work and personal sacrifice to achieve that freedom, and it remains our job and our responsibility to preserve that freedom.
As has been said, “Freedom isn’t free!” We must pay for it with our own devotion and vigilance. There are those who would take it from us and we must guard against that.
But, what can we do? We’re just ordinary people! No, we’re extraordinary people. We’re Americans. What we can do is display our flag proudly this Fourth of July. We can say, “I love the USA!”
Donna M. Finigan