This year marks the 243rd birthday of the Declaration of Independence. Our brave forefathers risked their very lives in support of a cause that would benefit our nation for centuries to come.
Congress appointed the “Committee of Five” to draft an official declaration. The goal of this declaration was to garner support from the states and would then be sent to the crown in England. This committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. They started their work on June 11, 1776 and was officially approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
The Declaration made a bold proclamation, informing Great Britain that the Thirteen Colonies were an independent nation and no longer belonged to the British Empire. While the Declaration was adopted on the 4th of July, it wasn’t signed until August of the same year.
While the Committee of Five and the signers undoubtedly were risking their lives by making this Declaration, another man, George Washington was also facing a grim reality if the Colonial Army were to fall to the British.
As General during the Revolutionary War, George Washington gathered the troops together and had the Declaration of Independence read to them. He thought that it was important for the army to hear and understand exactly why they were fighting.
The words in that great Declaration need to be heard and understood today, just like they were by those Revolutionary War soldiers 243 years ago. Our forefathers were willing to sacrifice everything to ensure this country’s independence. The least we can do is protect what they so desperately fought for.
Happy 4th of July and God bless America!