Pax Americana Institute honors the United States on Independence Day 2011.
The executive staff of the Pax Americana Institute would encourage you to join us in celebrating the 235th birthday of the world’s greatest steward of liberty, independence, freedom, and opportunity—the United States of America. On this Independence Day we hope that you take time to reflect upon the importance of freedom, liberty, democracy, and what it means to be an American. Independence Day is about more than parades, barbecues, fireworks, and family outings, it is a time to cherish the freedoms our Founding Fathers afforded us through the enactment of the Declaration of Independence. Today, we encourage you to take time out of your busy schedules to read this seminal document and spend copious time reflecting upon the importance of liberty, independence, freedom, democracy, and, most importantly, what it means to be an American.
On this day 235 years ago, a daring assembly of men from all walks of life concocted a Declaration of Independence that advocated for the establishment of an independent nation—the United States of America, that is committed to affording all citizens with freedom, opportunity, liberty, and the ability to influence the decisions made by their government. Furthermore, through the enactment of this revolutionary treatise, these statesmen ensured that their new nation, the United States of America would be free from the oppression, despotism and anarchy they fought assiduously to suppress. Today, as a result of their courageous actions, America is the most revered and robust nation in the world. Furthermore, despite our internal political and religious differences, America remains committed to ensuring that all citizens are afforded with life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and, most importantly, freedom.
John Adams, America’s second president, and the most prolific philosopher, scholar, and diplomat of his generation, in a letter to his beloved wife Abigail, penned on July 3, 1776, said of Independence Day and its importance in the annals of American history, “I am apt to believe that it [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” The reverence which Mr. Adams shows in this memorable letter for freedom, liberty, and opportunity is infectious. On this Independence Day, PAI encourages you to partake in the myriad of festivities outlined by John Adams in the aforementioned letter, while simultaneously honoring the brave men and women in uniform and reflecting upon what it means to be an American.
In summation, Pax Americana Institute encourages you to join us in honoring American on the 235th anniversary of its founding and remembering the countless men and women who have given the last measure of devotion to protect liberty, freedom, opportunity, and democracy and to preserve and strengthen the Pax Americana. So long as our citizens remain united, and place the interests of the nation ahead of their own well-being, America will remain “a shining city upon the hill.”