Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Well, I declare...

Just a quick post this morning as I get ready to celebrate the birthday of America.

Happy Independence Day! 


In case I've failed to mention it before, I'm one of those slap happy, flag waving, patriotic Americans. I can't help myself. It's a genetic trait passed down by my slap happy, flag waving, patriotic parents. 


Who inherited it from theirs...
Who inherited it from...

Well, you get the picture.

That's why I got very excited when I heard about a movement to celebrate the document that inspired the day. You know the one, it's the one that starts out, "When in the course of human events..."



The challenge is simple.  Just gather the family and friends together from your celebrations today, and collectively read the Declaration of Independence. If you don't have a copy, you can find it online. 

Now, the way you read it is all up to you.

You can choose a reader, or pass it around. You can get the family to chime in with some periodic shouts of, "Huzzah!" if that's your cup of Boston tea.

Just do it.

After all, celebrating Independence Day without reading the Declaration is kind of like having birthday party, and forgetting to invite the guest of honor.

Anyone else in?

23 comments:

Tricia said...

I love this tradition! We need to hear these words at least once a year! Happy Independence Day!

Christine said...

You got it!
My flag is waving and now I have the Declaration of Independance in hand.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

I love it Debbie -- count me in! Happy 4th to you.

Denise

Barbara F. said...

I read it last night on someone's blog, can't remember. What better words were written for and about our country? Have a great July 4th, and stay cool! xo

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds good! Happy 4th of July Debbie-enjoy:@)

At The Picket Fence said...

LOVE this idea Debbie! I'm thinking that as we gather together to pray before dinner tonight that this would be the perfect thing to read. Thank you so much for the reminder! :-)
Happy 4th of July!
Vanessa

Mevely317 said...

WONDERFUL idea, Debbie! Can't wait to share this with my extended family and friends.

Have been praying for your "Practical One" in DC .. was her home spared from the storm?

Knitty said...

Great idea!

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

Alycia Nichols said...

Enjoy your holiday, dear Debbie!!! Wave that flag 'til your arm goes numb! :-)

Debbie said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea! Waving my flag and arms over here too my kindred spirit friend! HUGS

Sue said...

What a great idea, thanks for sharing. I am thankful for patriotic parents too!
Blessings,
Sue

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Awesome! I'm a patriotic soul, too, although I must admit this day just sort of slid by me. We were on the road this morning, coming home from a couple days at my parents', and I guess that threw my whole day off a bit. But, I'm thankful for the birthday of our nation and never take the privilege of living in America for granted.

Happy 4th!

Debbiedoo's said...

I love this idea Debbie!~ Wish I would have seen it yesterday. Hope you enjoyed the day!~ It was a good one here.

corners of my life said...

Such an inspiring idea especially for the young ones who are new to our rich history.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Awesome post.....Hope your 4th of July was amazing. We celebrated Canada Day on Sunday and what you wrote....different declaration yet in many ways the same.....

Denise said...

Huzzah! Thanks for the inspiration! It was wonderful hearing it read yesterday. It SHOULD be our new family tradition. Fantastic post!

Happy Independence Day America!

Kathryn Ross said...

Debbie - been doing just what you suggest here! Watching the very excellent John Adams and 1776 this week and feeling so very nostalgic - especially with our good Andy Griffith's passing. So many in this country need to really understand what that document is saying - via the authors' original intent. Worldview means everything and when our present president censors any references to God when quoting from the Declaration, I tremble - with equal amounts of fear and anger.

But, then, that's a subject I tend to yak on and on about.

Just sayin' - Glorious 4th to you, friend!!

Joy!
Kathy

Mrs.Rabe said...

I'm in!

Deanna

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That sounds like a fun idea!

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Great idea, Debbie. I'm not sure I could have gotten my crowd quiet enough for anybody to read it, but I hope I can remember to try it next year. I'm a flag-waving American too, and I always have tears in my eyes at the end of the National Anthem. laurie

Denise said...

Awesome tradition.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Well, I'm seeing this too late to take your challenge. Does it count that I did my own mental reflecting -- even if I didn't read the entire document?

Chatty Crone said...

Happy belated 4th! sandie

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