A Declaration of Independence

BJ Bounds

This weekend we celebrate Independence Day with food, fireworks and friends (and a day off on Monday)!  We celebrate this holiday because of our newly found freedom from Great Britain in 1776.  But as sad and/or humorous as it might be, I now also equate this holiday with the 1996 movie “Independence Day” with Will Smith and Bill Pullman.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States.  I still get chills when I think about Bill Pullman’s speech to the fighter pilots just before they battle the aliens. Here’s the last part of the quote:

“… Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live—to exist. And should we win the day; the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

It’s a tremendous speech.  But for now, this holiday remains an American holiday.  So this weekend, remember the sacrifices that men and women have made for our country and how far we’ve come since becoming the United States of America.  This is still the greatest nation in the world!

Happy 4th of July!

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