The Fourth of July is the day we literally wear our Red, White and Blue pride on our sleeves, an expression of the freedom and liberty Americans enjoy on Independence Day and the rest of the year.
We will get together with friends and family to enjoy parades, backyard barbecues, concerts and fireworks. But we also will honor those who put their life on the line to break free from Britain, laying the foundation for our great nation.
The courage it took for our founding fathers to reject oppression – and then prove their resolve in the Revolutionary War – cannot be overstated. We should never forget the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence to give us our freedom. Because of their courageousness and foresight, “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.”
Here are a few ways we can take patriotic action to honor our nation’s legacy this July Fourth and beyond:
• Write a letter to the troops currently serving our country or thank a veteran.
• Get involved with local civic activities.
• Display the flag.
• Become familiar with the issues facing our area and beyond.
• Make a point of knowing the people who represent you on various boards and government bodies.
• Write or e-mail elected officials to ask questions or offer your thoughts.
Have a safe and happy holiday.