by George T. Weir –
Now that our ‘Independence Day”, July 4th, 2013, has been chalked up into the history books, and the smoldering of the Bar BQ pits are now no more than cold ashes, and the night sky is no longer filled with sounds of exploding fireworks, and the overwhelming beauty of exploding color high into the nights sky, and for the most of the masses, it’s back to work.
Our independence should be celebrated with all the pomp, bells ,and whistles and fireworks, and it should be a time to reflect and remember all those staked their lives and fortune, (at a time when nothing was certain), for the freedom to explore the uncertain future of a new republic.
This new Republic, which we know as the “Early Colonies’, had a vision of a new land, a new land that would be carved out by hard work, and their faith in their God.
They ask for nothing more than the freedom to, govern themselves, build their own lives, without any outside influence from any power, other than that from their creator.
These early settlers had a dream, and a purpose that was far greater than themselves, and to realize this dream they knew that it was going to take blood sweat, and tear, and from the years 1775-1783, that’s exactly what these early colonies paid for realizing this dream of freedom from Great Britain.
On the 4th of July,1776, with Thomas Jefferson as the principal author, congress through this declaration expressed its desire to be a free independent people, free from the repression from the rule of the Mother land.
Subsequent to this declaration, on July 2th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution which inspired John Adams to write this letter to his wife, Abigal….”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 by solemn acts of devotion to (God almighty). It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parades, with shows, games, sports, guns and bells, bonfires and illumination from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”
I think for the most part we have followed this pattern of celebrating that John Adams envisioned concerning the liberating of the colonies from oppression and domination and liberating the people to chose an elect the very people that they believe are the best, and most honest people to lead their new land.
In his letter to Abigal, John Adams first thought was that the people should give solemn acts of devotion to (God Almighty). It’s sad that from the highest offices of this great Nation we are encouraged to have our bar BQ, fireworks, and day’s off, and all the other pomp and whistles, but, seldom do we ever hear our leaders encourage a solemn day to give God and praise and thanks for the freedom we enjoy.
I have written many a time that we Americans are “A Can Do People”, and I still believe that, but, not all of our freedom derived from the hands of the people, we have been greatly blessed by our creator, and I might add, we will continue receiving these blessing, if , we the people, choose the (Right Path), and follow the example of the founding fathers, and keep, and respect the wise words of wisdom which have been passed on to the American People.
For many generations to come, The declaration of Independence will be celebrated, and their will be other festivities and fireworks, and the people that have immigrated to this great land will hopefully gain a greater understanding of the blood, sweat and tears that those early Americans willingly gave, in order for us to have the freedom to dream.
George T. Weir
307 N, Church