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By: Tim Mitchell, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
  In June 1776, dozens of men represent-
ing the 13 colonies struggling against Great Britain’s rule, gathered together and dared to ask a controversial question, “Can we declare our own independence?” History has revealed these men not only determined they could declare independence, but that they also cer- tainly would take the necessary steps to gain the liberty they so desired in a new country. By July 2, 1776, these brave and independent men, who made up the Continental Congress, voted to declare the colonies they represent- ed to be the United States of America. John Adams promptly called that momentous day, “The most memorable epocha in the history of America” and predicted that it, “Will be cele- brated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”
parades, and the firing of cannons and mus- kets, usually accompanied by public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of inde- pendence on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post reported, “At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.”
South Korea, or the rice paddies of Vietnam. They are proud of the country they, or a fami- ly member, served. They place their hand over their heart when the Star Spangled Banner is played or when they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, while a tear may trickle down their cheek. They know all too well that freedom isn’t free, so they cherish every moment of it.
However, it was actually on July 4 that
the Continental Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence, after jointly making 86 changes to the original draft composed by Thomas Jefferson and four col- leagues. The actual signing of the document didn’t occur until August 2, and then at least five signers didn’t affix their signatures to the Declaration until some weeks following.
Certainly the fireworks of the late 1700’s would pale in comparison to the computer controlled synchronized firework shows
of today. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the internal determination with- in the heart of every American to enjoy the freedoms we experience in the United States of America. Yet, the words etched in the wall at the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. very appropriately reminds us, “Freedom is not free.”
This same generation is a collection of very independent people, but they are at an age where they find themselves needing to depend on others for assistance. This can be a real internal struggle – the desire to be indepen- dent and free while realizing you can’t do the things you once were very capable of doing. Just like they at one time defended the people of their country, now they need the people of their country to defend and advocate for them.
John Adams couldn’t have been more correct when he predicted that America’s Declaration of Independence, “Will be cele- brated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” Our Independence Day celebration this year will mark the 244th anni- versary.
Many older adults know far too well the sacrifices required to sustain freedom. Some of today’s seniors have survived the atroc- ities of WWII, while others faced battle
lines during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Freedom is likely more precious to these individuals because they lived through Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of the Pusan Perimeter in
For over a decade Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has been helping the brave men and women of this generation maintain their inde- pendence by providing the necessary medical, social, and home support they need to remain safely in their own home for as long as possi- ble. For many, it has been life changing.
While festivities have evolved over the past 244 years, there are some common celebra- tory threads that have continued for over two centuries. Very early celebrations of this his- torical event have included concerts, bonfires,
If you are interested in knowing how Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. can help you or a family member maintain their independence by remaining safely in their own home, call (269) 441-9319 or visit www.seniorcarepart- The information you receive may change your life.
From the Revolutionary War through the most recent wars on terrorism, brave men and women have dedicated their lives, and in some cases, given their lives, so Americans can con- tinue to enjoy the freedoms of our great nation and celebrate Independence Day. Indeed, freedom is not free, but extremely costly for some, so that many can benefit from their sacrifice.
Many of these individuals want to continue to enjoy the simple freedom of living in their own home during these years. They want to maintain their independence. But how can they do that with confidence and the dignity they deserve?
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