Soon we will be celebrating our country's birthday. It's a day of picnics, fireworks, family gatherings and parades. In the Tri-Cities, we watch the fireworks light up the blue bridge with our American flag on top.
Last year as I watched this, I couldn't stop thinking of Francis Scott Key as he stood on the enemy's boat watching the bombardment going off over Baltimore's Fort McHenry and seeing our American flag still waiving. He was inspired to write a patriotic poem that later on was put to music and became our National Anthem.
This year as July 4 approaches, I've been thinking about our Founding Fathers. They believed strongly in liberty and freedom and the pursuit of happiness. They believed that all men are created equal and were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Thomas Jefferson stated these ideas beautifully in the Declaration of Independence. I feel a big debt of gratitude to them and to God for this great nation.
It would be great for everyone to reread this Declaration of Independence around or on July 4 and share it with family and friends. It would be great to pledge once more to uphold the principles that have made our country so successful. Too many Americans have lost sight of the founding of America.
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Pat Soderquist, Kennewick