Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

Check out these five handsome guys...all from the same family, all serving at the same time (U.S. Army) in service to our country.  What a giving family.  The picture was taken at the wedding of one of their siblings.  One is a good friend of ours.  I believe there is one more boy in the  family who is not old enough to be in the service.

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring document.  Here in exalted and unforgettable phrases Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people.  The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers.  What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in 'self-evident truths' and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country. You are invited to read a transcription of the complete text of the Declaration.

Mary Post Warren
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