Today we celebrate probably the most important birthday to those of us who live in the United States, our nation’s birthday, also known as Independence Day or 4th of July.
For some this is just another day off, a day to watch fireworks, party with family and friends or take a little vacation. But there is so much more to celebrating July 4th.
July 4th is an important day in our history. It is the day we should remember all of the rights and freedoms we have as Americans and enjoy them. Many made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and freedom does not come without a price. We should take time to remember those who made those sacrifices.
Our Founding Fathers, the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, did not live to see what their sacrifices provided us.
In fact, 5 signers were captured by the British and tortured before they died. Twelve went home to find their dwellings ransacked and burned and nine fought and died from wounds or hardships of the war.
That is almost half the men who signed out nations greatest symbol of freedom. But they signed it anyway, knowing that in doing so, they were committing treason and could be sentenced to death if they were caught.
Our soldiers today continue to fight for our rights and freedom.
Don’t take this holiday for granted. Enjoy the fireworks, barbeques and the fun with family and friends. But take time to remember those who put themselves at risk so we could live in a free country.