Jul 04 2018

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!  Today, we celebrate America’s 242nd birthday. America has much to be proud of!  Americans pioneered the establishment of modern democracy, experienced both domestic and global wars, and paved the way for the digital age. Throughout this period, we have been blessed with the dedication of our Armed Forces. Yes, for these 242 years, our military has worked to preserve the freedoms which were dearly valued by our Founding Fathers.  

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and its king, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of America. 

In a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3d, 1776, Adams refers to that day as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America.”  He continued:  “I am apt to believe that it 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.” 

Adams concludes his letter with this stirring paragraph: “I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” 

This Independence Day, may we celebrate the birth of our nation proudly, resolutely determined to preserve our freedom, just as our Founding Fathers proclaimed so boldly over 242 years ago.

God Bless America!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” 
– Ronald Reagan

                                                                                                    -Chuck Wilson,                                                                                                                                                                  Commander Virginia District 10 2017-2018


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  1. Col John Kelly USAF Ret

    “Freedom has a special taste for those who fought and nearly died for it that the protected will never know.”

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