There are many times of year when I stop and think how lucky we are to live in Massachusetts! Being a bit of a history buff I consider it a privilege to be able to get in my car and be on the Old North Bridge in less than an hour, or to visit the shores of Plymouth and imagine what it must have been like almost 400 years ago. Today is the best of those days – watching the USS Constitution conduct its annual turning maneuvers while celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 is fascinating and educating at the same time.
While many say July 4, 1776 wasn’t truly the day the actual Declaration of Independence was signed, only the day the wording was complete, it is in the eyes of all Americans our independence day. For those brave men and women of the original 13 colonies, we owe a debt of gratitude and respect. So take some time today between parades, burgers, and fireworks and remember all those who made it possible.
Happy 236th Birthday to the United States of America