Take pride in America this 4th of July

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013  — The Declaration of Independence was a revolutionary step in a process of defining how people shall govern themselves for the good of the individual as well as a society. Thanks to our founding fathers we have the freedoms to vote, complain, speak, worship, and be creative, to invest in ones future and so many more freedoms that we all take for granted.

Since the birth of our nation people have died for this country in order that we can celebrate this day as a free people.


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The words of the Declaration of Independence speak for themselves. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of HAPPINESS, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among MEN, deriving their just powers from the consent of the people.”

The words “Deriving their just powers from the people” explain why we must take an interest in the elected officials who represent us. They are there to serve us the people. They are not there to promote their agenda or personal political ambitions but again to do our bidding. If they do not support the wishes of the majority of their constituents - vote them out and elect someone who will. However, in order to do that you must keep informed and then vote.

The flag embodies the essence of freedom and is a part of the 4th of July celebration. It represents the spirit of the American nation. It’s the history of the American people. It symbolizes the success of a government of and for the people, civic and religious freedoms and a country blessed with natural resources. Congress first authorized the flag June 14, 1777.


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As America celebrates the 4th, display the American flag to show that our citizens are proud to be Americans. Let’s get those “goose bumps” back on our arms. Feel the pride when you hear songs like America (My Country tis of thee), America the Beautiful, the Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and for you veterans the song that represents your branch service. For example, if you were in the Navy it is a given that you still get those “goose bumps” when you hear “Anchors Aweigh”. Be proud and show it.  

When the Declaration of Independence was declared, John Adams wrote this historic letter to his wife:

“I am apt to believe that this day 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 forevermore.”

Just think of the foresight, and wisdom that our founding fathers were blessed with. In addition, the personal sacrifices they made in order for us to celebrate this holiday of Independence. May God Bless America? 

However, that’s from a Time and Place I  am from—     


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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