By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. ~ “Concord Hymn,” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837
Today marks the 237th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. After passage by the Continental Congress, a War for Independence ensued, with the insurgents risking their fortunes, their very lives and the lives of their families, all because of the truths that they and we to this day hold to be self-evident. There are few people today who would put themselves in their shoes. Imagine a citizenry willing to lay their lives on the line for principle. The great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence are what we celebrate today.
We will celebrate Independence Day as we do every year on July 4th. For most, it marks a holiday from our daily work. It’s planned around barbecues and fireworks. For some, today reopens the wounds of the brave men and women who have returned home from war to the land of the free and the home of the brave. For all, it should be day spent with family and loved ones honoring the heroes who returned and the heroes our Creator took Home.
Happy Independence Day from Palmetto Policy Forum