The 4th of July. The day America celebrates her independence and freedom. A day full of celebration, parades, flags, family. I got my first touch of sunburn for the summer this morning sitting at a small-town parade (which incidentally is way better than the major city parade where I live). This afternoon was spent playing with my family, just enjoying being together.
As I sit here, serenaded by Lee Greenwood and the crash and boom of fireworks, I think back to the founders of our country and the sacrifices they made to ensure that we could be free. As easy as it would be to get political on this blog, I’ve decided not to. Instead, I just want to thank God for the freedoms we do still enjoy, as well as the men and women who fight so we can keep those freedoms, whether in the military, the government, or the regular citizenship. Freedom is not free, and if we don’t stay vigilant (or get more-so), even more of our precious liberties will be stripped away from us.
Today’s card is simple. Two stripes of glitter paper, a sticker from Hobby Lobby with the Pledge of Allegiance, and a flag from a collection by Life’s Little Occasions. The sticker didn’t want to stay down on the glitter paper, so I did add a glue dot to the corners to try to keep it down.
Allow me to leave you with these words, on our national Independence Day: the opening and closing of 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.