Independence Day

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therfore, to resolve to conquer or die.
George Washington, Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island (8/27/1776)

I’ve been reading 1776 lately, a book I would highly recommend you go and buy – to learn why we celebrate today, what price our freedom was bought with, and the resolve and valor of the young men who purchased it for us.