We would like to wish you all an enjoyable, peaceful and safe July 4th. We hope that you are able to spend time with those you love be it family, friends or loved ones.
We will be taking a holiday on July 4 as our neighbors and former rulers across the pond would say. However we have not forgotten you folks out there. We will be replaying one of our most popular and favorite episodes, Porter County Special Olympics and The Livin’ It Music Festival with guests, Danial Lang, Lorrie Woycik and John King.
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the adoption of the Decoration of Independence. We often forget the history. Unfortunately may adults as well as children fail to recall that this date means much more than food, drink and having the largest and best fireworks on the block.
The work on the Declaration of Independence began the month before it’s adoption. It was in June that Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed the resolution of independence declaring the Thirteen Colonies independent of British rule. The work on the Declaration of Independence was completed and voted on by July 2nd. Although July 4th appears on the document, historians debate to this day on the official adoption and signing date. Many point to a letter that John Adams wrote his wife Abigail as proof that the document was adopted on July 2, 1776.
“The second day of , 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.”
We will leave you with a somber reminder of the cost of freedom. Many American lives have been lost in defense of our freedom. Below are the numbers, the true cost of Independence.
As John Adams instructs us from the channels of history 241 years ago, “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.”
Please be responsible with the “guns, bonfires and illuminations“.
Happy Fourth of July! from Brenda and Bill