A reminder for Independence Day…
In June of 1776, statesman John Adams, who later became the first Vice President and the second President of the United States, wrote to his wife, Abigail, saying:
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
Although the Second Continental Congress ran a little behind projected schedule (as Congress is sometimes known to do) and the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence did not occur until July 4, 1776, the letter John Adams wrote to Abigail is a clear reminder of how hard-fought and how precious our freedom really is.