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Independence Comes With Responsibility

| July 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Americans, we know this month starts with lots of celebrations. We celebrate our independence and the people who made it possible. We are reminded that there was a resolution of independence that had been proposed declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule. There was also a Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five.

Thomas Jefferson was its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams, one of the Committee of Five, had written to his wife Abigail expressing his excitement for what had been accomplished.

He said, “This 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.”

On July 4, 2016, 240 years after Adams message to his wife, we continue to honor those individuals who sacrificed so much for our independence. While we begin the month of July with celebrations, we are reminded that independence comes with a responsibility and commitment. In order to maintain the freedoms we so genuinely enjoy as citizens of the United States, we may also be required to take on leadership roles. We must “walk the talk.”

I am grateful to say that I see it is happening every day. Neighbors, families and friends are rising to the occasion to protect their rights, privileges and freedoms. As you read through this issue of the Presidio Sentinel, you will learn of individuals and events that are signs of our fellow Americans actively demonstrating their commitment and respect for our independence. And, you also read of events that commemorate our culture and traditions, like baseball, music, arts, history and food.

To all of you who contribute to making America great, I say thank you. And, now, let’s celebrate 4th of July!

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