By Andreas Klamm, news correspondent
Washington, D.C. / New York City / U.S.A. July 4, 2009. Throughout the entire nation and countries people with all kinds of different backgrounds will participate the huge massive and in some areas extravaganzas celebrations related to the Independence Day, which is known as Fourth of July.
Even in times of the economic melt down, in times where many people do struggle with daily tasks it seems to be very important for most U.S. and American citizens to remember and to celebrate what happened 233 years ago on July 4, 1776. Fourth of July is a Federal holiday. What some people call a myth is to other people very important as independence means that elementary liberties and freedoms have been given to all women and men with a free will. Many people have been told and have learned that on 4th of July the Congress of the United States of America (U.S.A.) has signed the Declaration of Independence. Other sources will make us aware that most of the delegates actually have signed the very important document of the Declaration Of Independence on August 2, 1776.
On July 3, 1776 one of the founding fathers, John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826), the 2nd U.S. President of the United States of America wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail:
“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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
About 233 years ago the time have been not much better than our days. People have been dealing with a crisis and even in 2009 many people have to deal with the fact how to overcome a serious international crisis. However John Adams kept his faith and seems to be right with his foreknowledge as unto this day the Fourth of July is celebrated and will be celebrated in the future also as a National Holiday by millions of people in the United States of America.
On July 4, 2009, 233 years later, the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has made the statement:
weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating
America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque,
and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend,
let's also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.
Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty -- a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.
Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation's course. America's greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom -- and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.
As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph -- that pride -- belongs to all of us.
So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm's way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.
With very best wishes,
President Barack Obama
July 4th, 2009“
There have been thousands of fireworks, 4th of July festivities, concerts, music festivals, art and food exhibitions, hot dog eating competitions and street fairs. In every corner, borough and island all kinds of stuff were going on.
All over the country in the United States of America people somehow have been participating one of those events to remember, to honor and to celebrate the Declaration of Independence Of The United States of America on July 4, 1776.
These are some of the reasons why I do keep the faith, that U.S. President Barack Obama will come know about my request for the change of citizenship and that the President will hear my cause as I have requested in October 2007 to receive the American citizenship and to become a citizen of the United States of America.
Some while ago some people in Europe have said to me “You are American.”, although I have not an U.S. passport, yet.
“Happy 4th of July and keep the Free Spirit of the United States of America and its people alive ! Remember and do not forget:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
When I have been working in the year 2001 as a volunteer for the American Red Cross (ARC, Chapter Greater New York) and with other charitable aid and relief organizations in New York City I have bought a shirt which has these words on it:
“You can destroy buildings. You can not destroy the FREEDOM AND THE SPIRIT of this country and its people. May God Bless New York , Washington, D.C. and America”.
Certainly I am still thankful for the gift to be able to correspond with precious people of the U.S.A. such as U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and know in person precious people like my colleague, the journalist Amy Goodman from Democracy NOW!, Paul Mc Cardel, Symore Tutleman, Deody, Mark, Linda, Nancy, Steven, Nelson Guifarro, Chris Redmond, John, Joy, Don, Gigi and all of these other precious people and children in America which became close friends.
More details on the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America you will find on
Letters by John Adams: www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/letter
Photo Credits: - Creative Commons – New York Fireworks, Fourth Of July, lightbaron (New York City, U.S.A.)
U.S. President Barack Obama, Ground Report, Creative Commons License