As I was sitting here in my home in Texas, thinking of how to put down on paper what this day means to me; I decided to continue my little tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence on the 4th every year. I’ve never been to my nation’s capital, nor have I laid my eyes upon those faded words on the actual document that is so proudly displayed at The National Archives Building. After reading it, I realized that no words of mine could express the sense of selflessness or bravery I experienced while reading. I was imagining how those men must have felt waking up on this same morning only 237 years ago.
We should never forget why our country was established and for what purpose. We cannot afford to lose sight of our freedoms. We as citizens have a duty to act and to hold those elected accountable for their actions. We as citizens should also tread with caution when making new laws and making sure that those laws do not take away those freedoms to which our nation was established upon; yet at the same time those new laws must serve to protect freedom.
Take a few moments during your celebrations today and ask each other… “What is freedom to you and what are you willing to do to preserve it now that you have it?”
Happy Independence Day, America. Cherish it and defend it.
Caleb Causey, American