To the Editor:

July Fourth marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 

On every anniversary, it behooves all of us to remember our founding fathers with kindness and gratitude for the gift they bestowed on us, and for the sacrifices they made in attaining that gift.

At great peril to themselves and their families, they waged a revolt against their king and his oppressive government.

At a time when individual freedom was a rarity and servitude was the rule of the age, they had the temerity to revolt and advocate for freedom and self-government for the colonies. 

Due to their unity of purpose, and against all odds, they succeeded in their intent to create a new republic.

Today, with all their bravado and political posturing, our leaders are embracing and pursuing a policy of disunity and divisiveness. 

We, the voters, must remain vigilant and prevent that from happening.

Patrick Henry stated: “Give me liberty or give me death.” Now we have shortened our scope to: “Give me” because I am entitled.

We have inherited a great country. On this Fourth of July, let’s make a new vow. 

Let’s resolve to unite as Americans and keep our republic as it was given to us by our noble-spirited ancestors. 

Let’s keep alive the motto, E Pluribus Unum - Out of many one. 

This philosophy has saved the world in two separate wars. Let us endeavor as one people to keep our republic alive and free forever.

 

Rocco M. Calabrese

Watertown

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