The Declaration of Independence located in the upper level of the National Archives Museum, was written and signed 247 years ago by 56 men who pledged “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.” They knew they could be put to death for treason. This document is a symbol of what America stands for. Thomas Jefferson intended the Declaration to be “an expression of the American mind,” and it was written in terms so plain and firm as to command agreement.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This living document has been expanded to include women and people who were enslaved at the time it was written.
“That they are endowed by their Creator.” Our forefathers believed in a Creator who intended men to be free.
“With certain unalienable Rights.” Our forefathers believed no government should be able to take rights away. Government was put into place to protect those rights.
We celebrate July 4th to honor the courage those fifty-six men had in signing and committing an action of treason against the British king.
We celebrate July 4th because the Declaration of Independence created a new country and severed political connections to Great Britain.
I am proud to be an American and grateful to the brave individuals who have, and are, serving and protecting our country.
As you celebrate the holiday, read the document, and ponder what the true meaning of Independence Day is.
The road is easier together,
Linda Laitala, President
Raven Performance Group