Honoring Sacrifice and Celebrating Freedom Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 598

July 4, 1776, the second Continental Congress signed on to the Declaration of Independence, declaring the official break away from Great Britain to become an independent nation of the 13 original colonies. One could say that was a giant leap of faith as the American Revolution, which began in 1775, was still ongoing, and its conclusion would not be seen until 1783.

We often lose sight of the fact that freedom is almost always won through conflict and war. Human loss, coupled with financial ruin, is frequently the price we pay for the privilege of living in a better, more just, nation. Freedom always comes at a cost.

One of the most memorable quotes from the Declaration of Independence reads: “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.”

As we prepare to celebrate our hard-won independence, it is incumbent upon all of us to remember the great sacrifices made so that we can today, join with the throngs of revelers at the beach, firing up the grill, and watching the fireworks bursting through the night sky.

Wishing all a safe and memorable July 4th holiday

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