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Miss Molly in patriot dressCelebrate! Celebrate! Happy July 4th to the United States of America.

Even though Miss Molly’s blog posted a day before our National Day, she is not alone in messing up on the date. After all, President John Adams missed the date of our celebration by two days!

Wikipedia posted an interesting article about the Fourth of July. In the article, an excerpt from a letter written by John Adams to his wife Abigail stated:

The second day of July, 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.

John Adams in the Adams Family Papers. Massachusetts Historical Society. 

The Second Congress revised the Declaration of Independence and passed it two days later on July 4th, 1776. Consequently, July 4th became our special National Day to celebrate our independence from Great Britain.

William with Miss Molly, wearing patriotic colorsAlthough we celebrate with pomp and parade, the battle to maintain our independence and freedom wages on in the Middle East. Our nation’s warriors continue fighting for us. Even after they finish their service, the battle for freedom rages on in their souls and lives.

On this day and in this season as we celebrate our Independence, let us honor and respect those who gave so much for our freedom.

“For those who fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know.”

Embroidery on the jacket of a Vietnam Veteran

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About the blogger 

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.