American Declaration of Independence
On July 4th, 1776, a small group of men had the foresight to openly break from, at that time, the largest empire on earth. The document they all signed has come to be commonly known as the American Declaration of Independence.
But let us not forget that this document was a declaration of war. Thousands of young Americans would have to fight and sacrifice for this independence… and in every subsequent conflict where American liberty and interests were at stake.
The freedom of press, the right to assemble, and to free speech are wonderful things protected in the Bill of Rights, but they’re nothing without the brave men and women who are willing to give all to defend it. That is what our society has struggled to understand in recent years. The disconnect between those in military service and the civilian population is staggering. People increasingly enjoy a blanket of freedom provided by those in a sacrificial lifestyle.
Charles M. Province said it best:
It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
That is what we must remember: That the things we enjoy on a daily basis are paid for in blood, not chatter.