Happy Birthday to The United States of America! We are on countdown to 240 candles of our American Independence Day celebrations — and to honor our “land of the free and the home of the brave” we will join in festivities and light-up our skies from sea to shining sea.
As we reflect on our stars and stripes, Fourth of July marks the birth of our nation with the signing of The Declaration of Independence. Although the American Revolutionary War had already begun in 1775, the document was signed in 1776 and set forth ideals of individual liberty in “self-evident truths.”
The Declaration of Independence set the Thirteen Colonies on their path to independence from Great Britain (and our Democracy was born). We respect this is one of our nation’s most cherished symbols of liberty, birthing forth the ideals of our great nation, in freedom. The original draft, authored by 33 year-old Thomas Jefferson was in his words, “an expression of the American mind” – then signed by 56 men representing our 13 original colonies. [Read more…]