After Christmas and Thanksgiving, I miss family, friends, and country most on the 4th of July--given that this is, naturally, my 3rd favorite holiday.
Similar to those two holidays, Independence Day causes me to pause and reflect and give thanks for those who have gone before and given so much that I and those I love may be free.
I am grateful to the Founders, pictured above, who laid out the principles on which rest this, the greatest of all countries, ever. I am also grateful to those who have fought to defend her and our principles--in wars past and present.
In addition to the Declaration of Independence, may I suggest that you read Calvin Coolidge's Speech on the Occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It is brilliant.
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