Independence Day celebrates beginning of our nation
As we go about the business of celebrating our nation's birthday this holiday weekend, let us not forget that the Fourth of July is not a holiday declared so that we may take Monday off, eat and drink to excess and shoot fireworks.
Instead, July 4 marks an important, almost sacred day in our nation's history, the day the Second Continental Congress agreed to declare its independence from Britain. The decision led to a bloody, costly war, and the founding of an independent nation that has done much good in the world.
As a reminder of the solemn side of this occasion and the vision our forefathers had for America, we chose to reprint portions of the Declaration of Independence this weekend.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton