Independence Day Message

July 03, 2014


 
Over two short centuries ago, our forefathers braved the tyranny, taxes and superior army wielded by the British Empire to defeat a foe of democracy and independence.  Left unchecked, the Thirteen Colonies would have been subject to the will and whims of King George III for many years to come.
 
They rejected Parliament’s “taxation without representation” in 1765 and staged the Boston Tea Party in 1773 in defiance of its unfair treatment of the fledgling Union’s people and property.  When the British retaliated by imposed laws removing Massachusetts’ right to self-government, the patriots decided that enough was enough. 
 
Their smaller, less-organized army waged war with a stronger, well-equipped world power from 1775-1783. 
 
And won.
 
The British figuratively (and literally) tried to “stamp” out any glimmer of democratic ideals before they took root.  The Stamp Act, Coercive Acts, and other oppressive means of quelling the colonists’ rebellion were mandated and enforced.  However, a group of brave and enterprising patriots defied them by establishing the first Continental Congress, which issued a declaration of the rights due every citizen, including life, liberty, property, assembly and trial by jury.  The seeds of liberty were sown, and have flourished for over two hundred years under the vigilance and protection of our military, veterans, and citizens.
 
They say that “freedom is not free,” nor is it easy to protect and defend, but it is what our armed forces have done admirably since the birth of our Nation.  One does not have to look hard or far to find countries struggling for their own independence and identity; they help us appreciate how precious freedom is, and how hard-fought this Nation’s freedom was to earn, defend and preserve it.
 
Celebrate the strength, dedication, and professionalism of our Nation’s all-volunteer Army with your friends and Family on Independence Day; we are a testament to the fighting spirit of our people.  It is reminiscent of the initiative and fortitude that our earliest patriots relied upon to wrest their destiny from Great Britain and secure freedom for their children and grandchildren. 
 
Twice the Citizen, Army Strong!
 


 


​Reading the Declaration of Independence by John Nixon, from the steps of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, July 8, 1776 / drawn by E.A. Abbey.
 
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