HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA!
The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 that asserted certain natural and legal rights. Its second sentence still resonates with Americans today:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
In 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted and later became the supreme law of America.
The first 10 constitutional amendments ratified by a majority of the states in 1791 are known as the Bill of Rights. They serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property.
The constitution has since been amended 17 times to expand its scope and application, and its principles are applied in courts of law by judicial review.
Be sure to click on these links for the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution to download a FREE PDF copy of both from the National Archives. If you have an iPad, visit the iTunes store for a FREE “Constitution for iPad App”.
As we celebrate the bravery of America’s bold, patriotic forefathers this Independence Day (click on the photo for more about the Forefathers Monument), let us not forget to reach out to our service men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our enduring freedom.
Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project to find out how you can help better the lives of those who sacrificed so much.
I plan to revel in the freedom afforded me as an American this holiday. How do you celebrate your independence?