I couldn’t let this week go without mentioning the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, or the anniversary of our nation’s independence! Some random trivia to mark the occasion: in a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams predicted the nation would always mark its independence on July 2nd, as that was the day the Continental Congress “resolved” to be independent. Just because it took another two days for the congress to approve and print the Declaration of Independence in its current form didn’t take anything away from the “real date”, at least in Adams’s mind.
Whether you choose to celebrate on the 2nd or the 4th, and whether you like to celebrate with picnics, parades, fireworks, or sporting events, I think it’s worth a moment to reflect back on all the country has gone through to get to this point. The courage, patriotism, and persistence of our founding fathers, the lives of so many on the fields of Gettysburg, and the bravery and commitment of all those serving in our armed forces past and present, deserve our recognition, admiration, and support every week but this week in particular.
So thank you, to all of those out there that make the U.S. the amazing country it is today. I hope this finds you having a very Happy Independence Day!