What does freedom mean to you?

by JOE BUCK COATES
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Our wonderful nation turns 238 years old this Friday.  On July 4, 1776, our nation was created by a tenacious, passionate, liberty-loving group of individuals–working on behalf of so many–who had conceived of the most brilliant, most powerful document ever conceived by mankind.  The Declaration of Independence told the king of England that the citizens of the American colonies were tired of being ruled by one person, that they were sick of being taxed for every little mundane thing for the benefit of the king, and the colonists were fed up with not being in control of their own destiny.
In 1776 in America British troops were everywhere. The forefathers of the United States of America risked their lives and the lives of their families to say, “We’ve had enough!”  Knowing they would have a fight on their hands and facing a very strong possibility they would be quickly killed, the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence far valued the reward that liberty from England would bring over any dire consequences they would suffer if a rebellion was quelled.  They believed and inspired the birth of a new nation–one like never before or ever has been since.
Celebrate our Independence Day with these thoughts: What freedoms do I value most and would be willing to die for today?  Would you risk YOUR family to guarantee to a nation that those freedoms will ring forever?  These are valid questions, considering the age in which we now live.

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