On April 19, 1775, the Minutemen of the colonies and the Redcoats of Great Britain clashed at Lexington and Concord with “The shot heard ’round the world.” The American Revolution was the first war that we, as Americans, would be involved in. As anti-British sentiments grew among the colonists, the idea of independence and revolution became more favorable.
Independence Day is the commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by our forefathers in 1776.
On July 4th, 239 years ago, the delegates of the Continental Congress accepted that historic document and declared America’s freedom from Great Britain. The American Revolution would continue on until a peace treaty could be agreed upon by The United States and Great Britain in 1783.
Americans were called to take up arms and defend their right to live under a free democracy. About 6,800 Patriots were killed in action; 17,000 recorded deaths were from disease and 8,000 to 12,000 died from starvation or disease as a Prisoner of War (POW).
Like in the American Revolution, our military men and women today are called to serve in the fight for the freedom Americans enjoy everyday. In celebrating your right to live freely this 4th of July, we challenge you to take a moment to remember those heroes that so bravely earned us our freedom, as well as those who have carried on the battle and continue to stand up for liberty today.