Commemorating American Independence
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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.”
It’s now been 238 years since these stirring words were penned by Thomas Jefferson in “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” Signed by fifty-six brave men, the document stands as a lasting witness to those who put their lives on the line to secure the independence of the thirteen colonies and millions of future Americans.
On this Independence Day we give our thanks to the courageous men and women—past and present—who sacrifice so much that we might enjoy this great land of freedom and prosperity.
God Bless America.