The Times West Virginian

Opinion

July 4, 2014

July 4 must always be day for American thanksgiving

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, a group of upstart freedom fighters who sought freedom more than life declared this new country to be established. Their declaration still speaks to us of the 21st century.

Their declaration stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For the support of this declaration, we affirm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

These founders were a diverse group of dedicated patriots who cherished freedom above all other blessings of life. They risked their fortunes, homes, families and even their lives. The evolution of that early freedom foundation has proven to be a shining example to all the world of the possibilities available to those who are truly dedicated to personal and national freedom.

The American generations who have followed in their footsteps have been abundantly blessed to live in this land of continued freedom. If we are not careful, we may take for granted this assumed democratic form of government and national independence.

The Creator or Divine Providence alluded to in this Declaration has abundantly blessed and protected this nation called America. The founders’ respect and dependance upon their Creator contributed to their wise judgement and capability in producing a lasting and workable form of government that we still share today.

It is so important that we share with our children the facts of our illustrious history. The sacrifices made by our founders allow us to daily know the pleasure and protection of that hard-won freedom. We live in a time when history and heritage are not thought by all to be that important to our mental and emotional library.

As with the healthy tree of freedom whose roots serve as a life-giving source of strength and the ability to withstand inevitable terrific storms, we also must nurture and be often reminded of our roots as a nation. Our heritage of independence and freedom must never be forgotten or neglected.

This Independence Day of 2014, we should be forever thankful and dedicated to these principles declared those 238 years ago. We are each stewards of this independence passed to us through years and generations of faithful Americans who were well aware of their blessings and equal responsibilities to pass it forward to the next generations untarnished and forever enduringly strong.

God bless America on this her 238th birthday.

— Elton Slusser

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