Our freedom is not free. The days after our founders risked it all were anything but easy. The fight for freedom and liberty and upholding our independence was long, full of trials and war. As Paine famously wrote again during the Revolutionary War, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Countless men endured unbelievable hardship, and a miraculous victory was claimed. In times since that first war, thousands more have risked their lives to preserve freedom and liberty.
Our history is rich indeed. Fourth of July is just one day that recognizes the patriotism that should always ring loudly and proudly in our hearts. As John Adams once declared, this day would be celebrated by future generations as the “great anniversary festival” with “pomp and parade … games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other.”
This year as you spend time with family and friends, enjoy a cookout and watch a fireworks display to observe our nation’s birthday, do not let the day go by without remembering the true price of freedom. Independence Day is one for being truly thankful for those who desired freedom and bravely fought to attain it and for those who still fight to preserve it.