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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day America
If we ever had anything to celebrate it should be our independence.  There are countries around the world where the government or lack thereof is so suffocating as make people desire death to living as they do.  The very fact that I can write this blog is a reason to celebrate our independence.  You are in such control of your future that you can decide how high you want to go with your success (social and economic).  Let’s not forget that with freedom comes responsibility; you decide how much you want to prepare for a job or career, you decide where you want to work, you decide if you want to work for someone or start a business, you decide where you or your children go to school, on and on, the choices and outcomes are all within your reach and control.  One major problem with independence and freedom; you quickly run out of people to blame for your lack of success.
Here is a fun fact about the fourth of July:
·       In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.-Wikipedia
And now for some history:
·       During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
·       The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with 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 forever more.
·       Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. - Wikipedia
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. - Wikipedia
So as we celebrate this very significant event in our lives lets have fun and enjoy, our families, friends and neighbors with food drink and fireworks, but most importantly let’s celebrate our independence and freedom to do so.  Stay safe!  The best is yet to come….

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