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Happy birthday

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Two hundred thirty-seven years ago, America was born in revolution, conceived in liberty. She was born so all Americans could live in freedom with dignity.

Two hundred thirty-seven years ago, Americans got tired of tyranny, tired of King George, and they stood up.

And with their last full measure of devotion, inspired by the bravest of men, they left a mark on the rest of us – freedom.

Two hundred thirty-seven years later, we find ourselves in another historical crisis – our government wants to change, we the people seem to change, but both must not.

When we see the fireworks, let’s not forget the graves of the brave who died for our independence. Let’s remember that first celebration when they shouted, “Let freedom ring!”

I know there are good Americans in Washington as well as Springfield and around the nation. But in every crisis we face, we are all called upon to answer that trumpet – that we shall bear any price, bear any burden for the success of liberty.

So when we see the fireworks, let us be reminded, not of our technology or materialism, but of the responsibility that calls us to be Americans, being a part in the freedom and dignity of everyone.

May God touch the hearts of the American people and His Spirit to move them. For without God, we would not have this home we call freedom. God bless you. God bless America.

Happy birthday to my brother, to whom I dedicate this letter.

Bob DeLacy Jr.


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