Resonate: 244 Years

The Stamp Act. Townshed Acts. American Colonists rebelled and rallied: “no taxation without representation!” March 5, 1770. British soldiers opened fire into American Colonists. Five men were killed during this Boston Massacre. Tensions mounted between the Colonies and Great Britain. December 16, 1773 saw Bostonians, dressed and disguised as Mohawk Indians, board British vessels and dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor: The Boston Tea Party.

The Revolutionary War, an American insurrection that began by Patriots, broke out on April 19th, 1775 and lasted until September 3, 1783. Colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain.

A Declaration drafted. Signed. A simple act of treason. 13 colonies claimed Independence. 43 signers. It is said that John Hancock's signature was 'with great flourish' so England's tyrant, King George III, “can read that without spectacles”.

President George Washington commissioned seamstress Betsy Ross our first flag. June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." A symbol of our new nation.

244 years later, we still honor the birth of our great nation. 13 original colonies has grown to 50 states. The original 13 colonies represented by 13 stripes: seven red and six white. 50 white stars on a sea of blue. Red: valor and bravery. White: purity and innocence. Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Every 4th of July, we celebrate this nation holiday of ours. This year, like years past, we get-together with family and friends. Food. Fireworks. Summer night.

As the sun's heavenly arch drops into the awaiting horizon, mortars erupt and echo off mountain walls. A slowly rising moon shines upon an embered bed, firelight illuminates faces. S'mores constructed and devoured. Firework shells continually explode in non-stop reverberations. Artillery resonates the sacrifice of those brave patriots that came before us, allowing us to have our freedoms.

1 comment

  • Thank You, Lord for our blessings of freedom, and please protect them for us. Thy will be done.

    PS It was a good night.


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