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Sunday, July 4, 2010

¡HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY USA!

On July 4, 1776, 56 brave men, facing loss of property, reputation and even life, concluded several months’ work with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  With the words of Thomas Jefferson, “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states,” the United States of America was born.

The early days of this new declaration were full of struggle, uncertainty and bloodshed.  After gaining official independence with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, the national struggled for another 15 years until the creation of the US Constitution.

The celebration in the US today follows the guidelines originally set down by its 2nd President, John Adams, who wrote “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 forevermore.”

We encourage you to take some time this 4th of July to remember the sacrifice and devotion of our forefathers.  Happy 234th Birthday USA! 

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