Our thoughts... Two days off

The Covington News - - Opinion -

The sec­ond day of July, 1776, will be the most mem­o­rable epoch in the his­tory of Amer­ica. I am apt to be­lieve that it will be cel­e­brated by suc­ceed­ing gen­er­a­tions as the great an­niver­sary fes­ti­val. It ought to be com­mem­o­rated as the day of de­liv­er­ance, by solemn acts of de­vo­tion to God Almighty. It ought to be sol­em­nized with pomp and pa­rade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bon­fires, and il­lu­mi­na­tions, from one end of this con­ti­nent to the other, from this time for­ward for­ever more.

You will think me trans­ported with en­thu­si­asm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and trea­sure, that it will cost us to main­tain this dec­la­ra­tion, and sup­port and de­fend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of rav­ish­ing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that pos­ter­ity will tri­umph in that days trans­ac­tion, even al­though we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

When John Adams penned the above words to his wife, Abi­gail, he was re­fer­ring to the day that the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence was passed.

The day we cel­e­brate our nation’s found­ing, the Fourth of July, was the day the doc­u­ment was signed.

Some his­to­ri­ans say that the ac­tual doc­u­ment was not signed un­til Aug. 2, but both Adams and Thomas Jef­fer­son said it was signed on July 4, and we’ll take their word for it.

Our coun­try has grown into a world power since the days of Adams and Jef­fer­son. It has be­come the great­est tes­ta­ment to free­dom the world has ever known.

In its 235th year we are go­ing through a strug­gle, but we have had strug­gles be­fore and we have come out stronger. We have no doubt that we will now. We owe much to our fore­fa­thers for their vi­sion and we owe much to those who have sup­ported that vi­sion, both civil­ian and mil­i­tary, who have given of their time, blood and their very lives to pre­serve that vi­sion.

It is our sa­cred duty to con­tinue on with that vi­sion. We can thank God for his help on ful­fill­ing that mis­sion.

On our county’s 235th birth­day may Almighty God con­tinue to bless the United States of Amer­ica and ev­ery per­son who be­lieves in its prin­ci­pals.

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