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A refresher

By Holly Martin

Over time, memories fade. We forget circumstances. We forget exactly what someone said. And so we rely on history to remind us. So it is with our country’s founding.

The 13 colonies were in the midst of a conflict with Britain. A movement for independence grew, and five colonists were chosen to write what we now know as the Declaration of Independence.

It’s been a long time since U.S. Government in high school. And probably that long since I’ve read the Declaration of Independence. And so this Fourth of July, we decided that perhaps all of us might need a quick refresher. We have published the Declaration of Independence in its entirety, and I encourage each of you to take a few moments to sit down and read the thoughts of our forefathers.

As you read the words, you can feel their frustration. You understand the oppression they felt. They wanted something different. They wanted freedom.

We’re in the midst of a time of turmoil in our government. We have legislators on opposite ends of the spectrum. There is a serious lack of unity and common priorities. Perhaps it is the right time to remember the last sentence of this historic document:

“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.”

Happy Fourth of July!

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171 ext. 1806, or by email at hmartin@hpj.com.

Date: 7/1/2013

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