HAPPY 4th of JULY !
First published here on July 4, 2006:
“In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Congress approved the wording of the Declaration on July 4 and then sent it to the printer.
In 1776, John Adams declared, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
 Letter to Abigail Adams,” quoting Wikipedia.
“People & events that made our country so great”
Read more from MSN.
The Declaration of Independence
From The Boston Globe, July 4, 2008.
UPDATE: July 4, 2013
“Daniel Somers Suicide: Soldiers Note Reveals the Dangers Of American Foreign Policy”
“In a chilling letter that was published on Gawker, Daniel Somers, an Iraq War veteran suffering from traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, told his family why he was committing suicide. Somers describes the ghosts of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, neglect, dulling medication, the madness of war the type of ghosts that make a suicide a mercy killing.
Somers also had enough of his leaders. The corruption at even the highest levels. A country destroyed and smashed to pieces by a war machine let loose. A president who plays politics with mass shootings but wont stand with veterans families, those traumatized by his own system of dehumanization, neglect, and indifference.
While Somers letter is a grim reminder of the largely ignored plight of veterans, it is also a severe indicment of an aggressive, militaristic foreign policy that promises to harm both our security abroad and constitutional liberty here at home.
While Somers story is heartbreaking, it is not unique,” quoting Robert Taylor in The Liberty Crier.
– “U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement”
By Ron Nixon, The New York Times