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Read the Declaration of Independence

To the editor:

July 4, 1776, 243 years ago, the “Declaration of Independence” was adopted by Congress. Why did they declare this independence from the England? Was it declared so we could have a long weekend in the summer to take vacations, have barbecues and shoot off fireworks? Or was it because they refused to live under a centralized, over taxing, overreaching government in a faraway place?

The last sentence in the declaration reads: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Scared Honor.”

The 56 men, representing the 13 Colonies, willingly signed their names to this document knowing that by doing so could result in their death and the death of their families. Not a quick death, but a prolonged death. Hanging to the point of passing out by suffocation, tied to a table, disemboweled, drawn and quartered and their remains scattered around the countryside with no known grave.

Throughout the war for independence, several of these men did give their lives in battle, several of their families were killed and their fortunes lost and property destroyed. A very high price to pay indeed.

On this and every July 4th, read the Declaration of Independence.

Let us not forget how we became the greatest nation the world has ever known.

Roger Baumann

Wabasso

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