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America The Beautiful

July 4, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

Today (or yesterday depending on when you read this), we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. We revel in our independence- a gift we may take for granted any other day of the year. We celebrate how hard our nation fought to achieve liberty, and how our military fights everyday for us to keep it.

On July 4th, 1776 our founding fathers gathered in a hot, humid room in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. While legal separation of the Thirteen Original Colonies actually occurred 2 days prior on July 2nd, the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th, officially declaring the colonies' sovereignty, which would henceforth be known as United States of America.

Since that time, many battles have been fought for the United States to keep its liberty and wars for other countries to experience the same freedoms that we do. Many countries are envious of our rights and come to the U.S. to escape persecution and try for "The American Dream."

July 4th is a day that we celebrate our independence and democracy. On this day, we rejoice that we, as citizens, have power to elect officials into office that we feel will represent the general population's needs. We have the power to elicit change with this choice.

Arguably, one of the most important freedoms that we possess is the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. Without these liberties, we wouldn't have newspapers, blogs, magazines, and maybe even Facebook or other social media (which might not necessarily be the worst thing).?This is a freedom that impacts me directly on a day-to-day basis. Without it, I?might not have a job that I?love as much as I love this one.

While none of these freedoms are drafted in the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776 was a step in that direction. We were free from British oppression and able to make our own laws to govern United States citizens.

It's amazing that one single piece of parchment had the ability to remove the United States from British control and declare the land we stand on as our nation. That one parchment has forever been immortalized in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Independence Day, today is a holiday that is all about spending time with family and friends. It's about celebrating our independence and those who fight and have fought for our nation to become great.Today is about watching fireworks and appreciating the "oohs and ahs" that we are legally allowed to exclaim.

Today we celebrate that piece of parchment approved by those fifty-six delegates sitting in that scorching Philadelphia room fighting for our rights. We remember our Founding Fathers that looked out for the basic privileges we have as Americans that would long surpass their generation. Today we put aside our differences and celebrate the one thing we all have in common, our love for this great nation- we are all living the American Dream.

Today is about appreciating America's majesty from sea to shining sea.

 
 
 

 

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