Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Day

As we all pack our selves and our families off to cook outs and fireworks displays this 4th of July, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the meaning of the Independence Day holiday. You see, for Americans, this isn’t just the 4th of July as many people think of it, but the day we took back our independence from the British Crown.

Too often, people have erroneous ideas about independence and freedom. They assume that because the word freedom includes the word free, that it is just that, free. Freedom and independence, however, are not free. They cost a very great deal. Paid for in the blood of numerous men and women who were willing to give their lives so that others might live free.

Another misconception about independence and freedom is that they are granted by the government. That a benevolent government freely gives its citizens freedom. Again, this is not the case. Freedom is given by our Creator, as the founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence.

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 is the blood of the patriot and solder who purchase these freedoms and rights. And it is through he eternal vigilance of the citizen, who may be called upon to lay down his life, that keeps the flame of freedom burning strong.

So, as you cook your hotdogs and hamburgers, as you ooh, and ah at the fireworks, remember those who gave their lives that you might celebrate this day.