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Letter to the editor: Happy July 4

To the editor:

Two-hundred forty-one years ago, during the middle of a bloody revolution, 56 brave men signed a document that would change the world forever and create the framework for the greatest nation the world has ever seen: The United States of America. The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, declaring the 13 colonies as sovereign and no longer under British rule. The opening sentence of the second paragraph would define the Founders' vision for this country: "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."

If the Colonies would have lost the war, those men would have been tried for treason, and likely executed. They put their lives, and most importantly, the lives of those closest to them, at risk for a chance to live in a free nation. We are blessed to be able to live out their dream and vision.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

God Bless,

Jeff Backer

State Representative, Browns Valley