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Independence Day: Remembering Those That Came Before Us

By The ITS Crew

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On this day in 1776, our Founding Fathers officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation. It signaled the beginning of a revolution and laid the foundation for our country today.

Independence Day is a celebration of the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. Freedoms paid for with the lives of great men and women who came before us. The following is the opening text to that famous Declaration that set in motion the fight for freedom and birthed a new nation.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Enjoy your freedom, America, remember that it isn’t free and should never be taken for granted.

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