Each year, many people eagerly anticipate the celebrations that occur during July 4th. Whether just to feel the surge of patriotism and pride or just another excuse to break from the usual day’s grueling routine- it is a festive twenty four hours across the nation. Yet it seems the memory of the true reason this day is remembered is slowly dwindling into the dust of history. Rekindle your interest, brush off the accumulating dust from the books and open to reveal the pages that are the literal lamp to the present path.
Mercy Otis Warren illuminates the mindset of Americans during the war against British soldiers while they resisted their attempt to regain a tyrannical grip over them. “Though from many untoward circumstances, a cloud for a time had seemed to hover over the minds of many, the people again awaked, both from the dream of secure enjoyment in some, and the dread apprehensions in others of falling under the British yoke. The patriotic exertions and unshaken firmness of the few in every state, again had their influence on the many, and all seemed ready to suffer any thing, but subjugation to the crown of Britain. Not the loss of Charleston, a captured army, the destruction of their marine, the sinking state of their medium, the internal ravages of their country, and their sea-coast blazing under the fire of their enemies, had the smallest tendency to bend the Americans to a dereliction of their claim to independence.”
Can we ever be more aware that the monumental idea of representation and freedom was the reason the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration? Is our concern today directed toward protecting our rights and freedoms as they so ardently did? They signed their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the document that reiterated they sincerely valued their inalienable rights, liberty, and freedom. They attempted numerous times to convey and reconcile their stance of representation and liberty with England, but each time they were met with stubborn refusal or disregard. So with a determination fueled by their duty they felt to their state and country, and a lamp which guided their feet: they confronted the task that perhaps seemed formidable.
The words of Patrick Henry still seem to echo through the halls ”If we wish to be free if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight!” We mustn’t abandon the noble reason our ancestors and founding fathers dedicated their entire lives to. Today we must pledge never to abandon the glorious object of freedom.