Remembering the great courage of our Founding Fathers
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — This Saturday, July 4, Americans will joyfully celebrate Independence Day and the Second Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence — but do they realize all the Founding Fathers risked to secure our freedom?
The declaration, drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson, was approved by 12 of the 13 colonies on July 2, 1776 and most of the 56 signers put quill to parchment on Aug. 2, a month later, famously pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to the fight for liberty. New York’s delegates finally approved the declaration July 9 after consultation with their home assembly.
Every school child probably can recite the opening lines of the declaration’s second paragraph, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.