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By Pammy Tokajer

As we come up upon this July 4th, let us remember why we are celebrating this holiday.  

On this day we celebrate July 4th because of the men and women who fought and gave their lives for us so we can have our freedom.

What is the meaning of freedom? The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. 

"We do have some freedom of choice.”

Declaration of Independence:

The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced that the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia (Retrieved from Wikipedia).

So as a free nation, we can decide what we can or cannot do that is our choice. In many countries they do not have the freedoms that we have today. As a free nation we have so many freedoms and rights that we should be proud of and some, however, that we are not proud of.

The freedoms that we have today were fought by our forefathers, our military and even our family and friends who fought and died so we could be free today. Freedom is not free, it comes with a price of dedication.

Let us remember those who gave their lives for our freedom today. Thank the men and women who are serving in the military for their service.

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