Around the nation and the world Americans at home and away from home celebrate July 4th. Picnics, barbeques, fireworks displays a, festivals and music concerts abound as we joyously honor the day our freedom from the Brits was adopted by the colonial representatives.
It was on this dateÂ the American Declaration of IndependenceÂ was adoptedÂ by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the historic Independence Hall.
This document announced to the world the intention of the thirteen original American colonies to separate from England. At the time the declaration was madeÂ the colonies had been at war with England for one year.
Throughout the followingÂ years this announcement has attained great symbolism for freedom. In particular President Abraham Lincoln promoted the Declaration of Independence as the ideal for which the nation should strive.Â
Thomas Jefferson, and his associate congressional colleagues were idealists for their time and indeedÂ for all time.
Let us continue toÂ strive to honorÂ the desire of the signers of the document we Americans hold in high esteem.