How to Celebrate our Freedom! by Marvin D. Patterson

How to Celebrate our Freedom!
Marvin Patterson
Psalm 72:11-19


I love the celebration of our independence as a nation. God has been good to us in America, and we look for God's goodness to continue as we see the responsibilities of the Nation that is set apart for God's glory.

The fourth of July means many things to many people. We commemorate our Nation for it was established 236 years ago. Our forefathers had a dream to have our own nation that would enjoy freedom and liberty for all!

I am reminded of the familiar words of Patrick Henry

"Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention. It was given on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, "give me liberty or give me death!"

Our declaration of independence from Great Brittain was not done in hast, but our founding fathers deleberated and worked hard to secure a document that would ensure that we were indeed free from any outside contry. The history of the writing of this great document is very interesting, as Thomas Jefferson was its principle author.

The First Continental Congress, met briefly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 and consisted of fifty-six delegates from twelve of the Thirteen Colonies that would become the United States of America. The delegates, who included George Washington, soon to command the army; Patrick Henry, and John Adams, were elected by their respective colonial assemblies. Other notable delegates included Samuel Adams from Massachusetts, John Dickinson from Pennsylvania and New York's John Jay. This con ...

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