- William Faulkner
Upon completion of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail from the convention in Philadelphia that he believed as a result of their actions that day Americans would celebrate this nation’s independence as “the greatest anniversary festival, commemorated as a Day of Deliverance” for many generations to come. He expected “pomp and parades, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
How true do President John Adam’s words reflect our joy of celebration that we are a free people. Though we the people are constantly faced with trials from a looming government, the torch of freedom still burns within us. As William Faulkner said, “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
We wish to you a wonderful celebration with your friends and family on this joyous day commemorating our 237th year of freedom.