July 4th is the day the United States of America celebrates freedom. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies were a new nation – no longer a part of the British Empire.
Most Americans spend the 4th of July at picnics, parades, fairs, concerts and baseball games – not giving a second thought to the meaning behind the date. I am one of those people who normally are just happy for a day off of work, spent with family and friends and enjoying the neighborhood fireworks.
But, this year, our federal holiday has a little more meaning to me. Our world has become very dangerous and many people have little to no freedom. They are persecuted for their beliefs and treated as possessions.
The United States of America is blessed. We enjoy not only freedom, but a standard of living that is envied. We often forget how fortunate we are.
Yes, Monday will be a time of rest and of fun, but I would like to publicly thank all of our armed forces who fought to attain our freedom and those who continue to fight to preserve it! May God bless America and may we continue to be the land of the free due to being the home of the brave!