Editorial opinion - Celebrate: We're a great country

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 3, 2010 at 2:03 a.m.

The founders of this country put an argument on paper to justify breaking from tyranny and oppression. Numerous reasons to separate from Great Britain and King George III were outlined in the polemic, as well as resulting planned action in the conclusion of the document. We know this instrument to be the Declaration of Independence, which first marked July 4, 1776 as a day to celebrate in the United States.

Of course, the war for independence - we call it the American Revolution (1775-1783) - was the struggle that verified and sealed our declaration.

Fireworks, picnics - complete with watermelons, fried chicken, apple pie or hot dogs - parades, barbecues, baseball, music, red, white and blue bunting, U.S. flags and many other activities and accessories culminate to well up patriotism in us. We hope that our citizens don't forget why we celebrate: freedom from oppression and tyranny, and commemorating those 13 colonies that joined to form the United States of America.

Certainly, it brought us together for a common cause: Freedom.

The day is a national holiday and was officially set that way when Congress approved it in 1870 as an unpaid national holiday for federal employees. Later, in 1938, Congress made it a paid holiday.

Back in 1975, Chevrolet made one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever by combining a slice of American culture with its product. Those of us who remember, will never forget the mantra "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet."

Times have changed since 1975, but our country remains the greatest on this planet. American culture remains in the minds of us all - it is personal yet involves us all; it is recognition of each other, and it is a fierce sense of pride to know we stand for freedom across the world.

Patriotism rests on our freedoms and pride. Let's exercise our patriotism, celebrate what we've fought for all these years and be proud to be an American citizen. Happy Independence Day.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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