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Independence Day: Happy birthday, America

| Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The Fourth of July has passed, but the celebration of our nation's freedom continues throughout this long weekend with family get-togethers, picnics and events like the fireworks at the Ford City SummerFest that traditionally mark Independence Day.

We raise our flags this weekend and salute those who have served in the military to protect our freedom and independence. We also reflect upon the work of our Founding Fathers as presented in the final paragraph of the Declaration of Independence — the document that gave us the freedoms we enjoy:

“WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Happy 238th Birthday, America.

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