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    The History of Independence Day

    I got this from one of my sites that I visit "Military.com"
    On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: "Resolved: 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."
    Lee's words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on immediately. On June 11, consideration of the resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining. However, a Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies' case for independence. Members of the Committee included John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The task of drafting the actual document fell on Jefferson.
    On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Discussions of Jefferson'sDeclaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two -- Pennsylvania and South Carolina -- voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock's signed his name "with a great flourish" so England's "King George can read that without spectacles!"

    Hope you have a happy celebration to all Happy 4th of July


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    So, people from New York were already rude way back then!?!
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    Thanks for that link. Haven't read DI in a long time. Very brave people they were.
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    To me it is absolutely amazing that a group of men could formulate a document that has functioned so well for these many years. It is almost like they could read the future. All of us in this country (especially the turkeys that burn flags and such) owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to them.

    The Fourth of July was always a big deal in my family. Not only was it Independence Day, it was my mother's birthday. We had special food, shot off firecrackers, and went up and parked on "Red Hill" to watch the evening spectacular fireworks display. Oh! The Memories.

    Be glad and appreciate that you live in the best country in the history of the world.

    Enjoy,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    To me it is absolutely amazing that a group of men could formulate a document that has functioned so well for these many years. It is almost like they could read the future. All of us in this country (especially the turkeys that burn flags and such) owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to them.

    The Fourth of July was always a big deal in my family. Not only was it Independence Day, it was my mother's birthday. We had special food, shot off firecrackers, and went up and parked on "Red Hill" to watch the evening spectacular fireworks display. Oh! The Memories.

    Be glad and appreciate that you live in the best country in the history of the world.

    Enjoy,

    JimB

    Jim i wholeheartedly agree with you. Many of those historic documents drafted around those times have never been matched by anything i can think of in these modern times. Same goes for the leaders that wrote them. We seem to have a global lack of real leaders with some charisma that can inspire and motivate. The best of the most recent that comes to mind is Winston Churchill and that was a long time ago.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    So, people from New York were already rude way back then!?!
    Hey-not all of us are like that. Especially the 90% of the state that is not NYC. ;-))
    Don Orr

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