by Amelia Anderson
In June of 1776, the words that made America were birthed at the Second Continental Congress convening delegates from the thirteen Colonies to Philadelphia. Statesman Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution to declare independence from Britain, and a committee of five headed by Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson, a scholarly lawyer and future third President, were appointed to write a declaration of freedom called “The glorious Declaration of Independence, unanimously proclaimed on the 4th of July 1776.”
“When in the Course of Human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have committed them with another”…
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”…
July 4th, our Independence Day, is celebrated to honor Jefferson’s words as the Sword of Liberty. Penned just in time, as British ships had landed in New York on July 2nd bearing 10,000 soldiers. Unaware, Washington’s militia camped near Philadelphia. And unbeknownst to the British, he was now General of the United States of America, Colonies dissolved. Fearless, he led the Sword of Battle that continued for six years, fueled by persistence, determination and the ingenuity of a volunteer rag-tag army, low on money, men, food and supplies, fighting barefoot in the snow the greatest Army in the world, backed by the greatest Navy.
So, that’s why we bang up the sky on the 4th of July – Biblical David and Goliath odds! We revere Paul Revere who quickened his horse in a night time ride to warn minutemen guarding munitions stored at Lexington and Concord that the British were coming. Shots heard ‘round the world heralded the beginning of the American Revolution, April 1775. Our forests spawned leather clad Green Mountain Boys of Vermont giggling “at them sissy Redcoat getups,” as they dodged behind trees and barns employing Indian tactics which confused the Brits European block military formation. “Tee-hee hee, we’ll send ‘em running back to their mommies!”
New York Sons of Liberty joined in the fray to tar and feather British tax collectors who all quit and ran back to waiting boats. Black