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Editorial: Declaration's words echo on July Fourth

These words in the Declaration of Independence were the foundation upon which our Constitution was built and signed than a decade later. The day has an enormous historical significance with the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress. But, we must recognize the injustices that occurred toward most of the American population at the time of it's signing and even today.

All that is important, do take a moment in these challenging times to reflect on the significance of the day: How we handle the months and years ahead will define America's future.

Adding further to the coincidental nature, five years later in 1831, James Monroe, our fourth president, passed away on July 4th a, marking the third president in a row to die on the date of America's birth.

Independence Day for these men was something more than just a day to celebrate.

WhatsApp Message Reads: Make this Fourth of July memorable by counting your blessings and truly appreciating your freedom.

"If the vitality of our democracy, if the gains of our long journey to freedom were assured, none of us would ever have to be courageous".

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All of the other colonies were on board once that key step was taken by Virginia - "the largest, wealthiest, most populous colony", explained Joseph Beatty, Colonial Williamsburg's Director of Research & Interpretation.

According to research, 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 of that year.

When you go to parade or find a spot to watch the fireworks, you'll enjoy friendship, food, music, and, hopefully, a warm feeling about where we're all lucky enough to live. I honor survivors on what they have done.

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better".

The War of Independence begins 1775: Lexington and Concord, the Minutemen, Paul Revere's Ride to warn colonists (the signal one if by land, and two, if by sea), which ends with the defeat of the British, 1783. Flags were flown from buildings, from homes and along the streets. We have the responsibility to use our freedom and independence wisely. That is the challenge of the Declaration of Independence in a twentieth century America. In the South during July 4 of 1860, local militia companies marched in their uniforms and celebrated the talk of war. Our freedoms are being challenged as never before.

That was during the Civil War, a bad time in our nation's history. There is going to be dazzling fireworks across the country with world waiting in anticipation to catch the skies of New York City, Los Angeles, the Sacramento Bee, Chicago among others light bright. Jefferson, who was suffering from rheumatism and an enlarged prostate declined an invitation to attend the July 4th celebration in Washington D.C. Adams also declined a similar invitation to attend a Boston gala due to poor health.

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