Tuesday, July 2, 2013

4th of July

Ralph Waldo Emerson was inspired to write, "All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."  I believe our Founding Fathers were living their lives by the same sentiment. 

On July 2, 1776, during the American Revolution, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.  The decision prompted John Adams to write 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."

John Adams was only off by 2 days on his prediction.  After much debate and revision over the wording explaining the reason for the decision to separate, the Declaration of Independence was completed and signed July 4, 1776.  Thus making July the 4th the day Americans celebrate this great country's independence.

National Write Your Congressman would like to wish you a blessed and happy 4th of July.

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