“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”-
– Pres. Abraham Lincoln
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
– Pres. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Yesterday America celebrated its 236th anniversary by commemorating the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. All across the country, Americans united with family and friends at BBQs, reunions, and in parades. Or simply acknowledged the day at home. In Boston, the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular did not disappoint. Last year, I saw the fireworks up close and personal, and this year, I watched them from my rooftop amid the rain and lightening show!
President Barack Obama welcomed and praised military members for protecting American freedoms on his own lawn yesterday, too. According to ABC News, Pres. Obama said, “Today, all across America, at schools and beaches, and in town squares, Americans are celebrating the freedoms that all of you and your families defend. Like many of them, we’re grilling in the backyard.”
An article discussing how other nations observe their independence spiked my interest and I thought I’d share that culturally-important viewpoint as well.
A FINAL THOUGHT
“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. — 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
How do you commemorate independence? What does independence mean to you – does it reflect your personal freedoms or do you view it as your nation’s independence in its entirety? Thoughts on other country celebrations?