My reason for celebrating the 4th

Posted: July 4, 2007 in Uncategorized

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever." – John Adams

Well, after 231 years of this letter, President John Adams predicted something good about the fourth. No doubt, it is one of my favorite holidays, but it is one of the important holidays of our country’s history. Why is this? Well like the MLK Holiday, this is really a day on than a day off, and we should be mindful of ourselves of the real meaning of this independence day.

Independence Day is more than fireworks, barbecues, going to the malls, movies or watching tennis. It is recognizing the importance of our country’s liberties from tyranny, oppression, persuceution and control from the King George’s rule. Back then, King George was like the Saddam Hussein of the 18th century. And I think General Cornwallis is like, I hate to say, the Osama bin Laden of the time. Yes, America at the time was not a strong country as it is now. Based from my historical readings, the continentials were weak in a sense, but along came the French. Partially, the French are given credit in helping America to be a free nation at the time. Remember Mel Gibson’s The Patriot? When the Frenchman offered services of performing accuracy and precision to the soilders, and militia? The same was done over 231 years ago.

Moving on, one thing I like about this country is that we got a lot of freedom. How to express it, show it and feel it. And we probably change it up now and then. Partially, freedom is not free. African Americans I think, have contributed well in making the country the way it is. Think about the blacks like Crispus Attucks, who was the first black to die in the Boston Massacre of 1770. The black slaves who served in the militia, during the revolutionary war on the American side, were given freedom, during their service. (just like The Patriot movie) And subsuqently, the British were doing the same, as well. Further up, the Buffalo Soilders, Tuskegee Airmen, 54th Massachusetts,  and more have further speared their opporutunity to serve, and contributed to the spirit of Independence. Mostly, discrimination had effect them of serving, but in another light, the opportunity was gaining ground, sort of speak.

Getting back to the 4th, the one thing is remind ourselves is the fact it was, in my opinion, gaining independence. To be our own country. Sometimes I had to re-read the Declariation of Indepedence to know what it means to be self-evident. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentioned this in his infamous I Have A Dream Speech. Now, America has had it’s upkeeps and pitfalls. But one major pitfall I think that has caught us off guard, was 9/11. No doubt, we were all somewhere when the Pentagon, World Trade, and the planes were all destroyed. And the terrorists were celebrating like they won the WWE Championship. But I think that this teaches us that we need to prove ourselves more than ever. And terrorism is not a joke, and it can’t deem nor interupt our opportunity of freedom.  The colonists who wrote the Declaration, I think had to do something besides being sqaundered by King George, and General Conwallis. They took risks in order to have a holiday set aside for our independence. From Benjamin Franklin, to John Hancock, they lived up to the hype back in 1776.

All of us now, can revel the good celebration. Today is America’s Independence Day. And also, a reminder of what it took to gain this holiday. Enjoy the good side of America’s Day.

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