Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day

"When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
..."We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776


~Seth & Nancy~ said...

i'm guessing you didn't get the strawberries at the festival huh?

i miss going to the glenside parade with you guys! hope you're having a good fourth!

The Gawel's said...

We also missed sitting next to you at the parade!

Hope you had a great fourth--we were under umbrellas watching the fireworks. Dave looked so cute holding his ladybug umbrella!

MaineMomKC5 said...

Did you take that picture at my house? Those looks just like MY strawberries!!

T5M said...

No, those are the best strawberries in the world, one of my direct reports gave them to me last week...yummmmmm fresh and organic! Seriously the best I have ever tasted.

So good I had to take 'em out on my back porch and take a picture of them! mmm...mmm!