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Happy Independence Day!

On July 2, 1776, the standing Congress voted in favor of legally separating the Thirteen Colonies (Provinces of New Hampshire, Massachussettes Bay, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; and Colonies of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, Connecticut, Delaware and Virginia) from Great Britain’s ownership, after many years of strife between the two bodies of land and people.

The proceeding days entailed writing the Declaration of Independence to explain and proclaim this decision. The committee of five who wrote this Declaration were Thomas Jefferson (VA), John Adams (MA), Roger Sherman (CT), Robert Livingston (NY) and Benjamin Franklin (PA). They officially signed, and had Congress approve, the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Now, there is some controversy and debate about whether the document was actually signed in July or not, however from the beginning, the 4th of July was considered the Day of Independence for the United States of America and its people.

The Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 to 1783, officially, though the fighting and political machinations started many years prior to 1775: the Boston Massacre was in 1770, while the Boston Tea Party was in 1773, to provide just two examples of this.

Throughout all of the conflict, soldiers and citizens fought and died to ensure the Independence of the eventual-United States of America. According to one report, there were an estimated 8,000 military deaths in combat alone, and a total of 25,000 deaths overall for the 8 year conflict. That is not counting civilians killed, of course, which would raise the number even higher. Throughout history, many more wars have been fought by the American Armed Forces to ensure the freedom of this country and its people, and today is a day to celebrate the Freedom that we all have – as well as a nod to all who have lost their lives fighting for those freedoms and conflicts-to-resolutions.

That all said, I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into our history of freedom, and you have a safe, happy & fun Independence Day today.

Craft You Later,
Beth

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