Today is a day of celebration here in America. It is the day our forefathers declared our nation’s independence from Great Britain’s tyranny.
The thing that many Americans don’t seem to understand is that July 4, 1776 was not the END. This was not the day of our independence. War raged on for SEVEN more years, until 1783. This was the day that our forefathers declared their intentions to totally separate from GB – to remove themselves from any protection afforded by GB, and from any taxation or repercussions of revolution. They knew this declaration was not going to be just accepted with a handshake and a gentleman’s agreement. They knew the cost was going to be blood, and sacrifice, and toil. They knew it was going to enter their homes, effect their families, cost them the lives of their sons and themselves. They were okay with that – it was that important to them.
Thanks to those forefathers, we are what we are today. We need to remember that. We need to remember this was not just handed to us…. that sacrifice was required. With that in mind, should we not be willing to continue that sacrifice to keep our independence?
I’m just saying…..
A collage of battle during the Revolutionary War. Clockwise from top left: Battle of Bunker Hill, Death of Montgomery at Quebec, Battle of Cowpens, “Moonlight Battle”