4th of July Friday

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“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

That statement was written in a letter to his wife by one of the signers and co-authors of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, who later served as President of the United States. His prediction as off by a couple of days as a result of a debate to revise some of the wording before it was finally approved on July 4th.

This “4th of July Friday” take a moment to reflect upon your blessings and independence and  declare a renewed devotion to God, country and your fellow man.