From both of us here at Vagabondia, we hope you have a truly wonderful Fourth of July with family and friends and that you all stay safe. That being said, take some time to read both of these very important documents to remind yourselves of just exactly how meaningful this day truly is:
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of mankind. It is the organic law that the United States is bound to. It expresses the sound doctrine of natural rights and gives us direction towards what President Lincoln called the standard maxim, "...which should be familiar to all, and revered by all; constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere" (Speech at Springfield, Illinois. June 26, 1857). It has given hope to all within America and all who yearn to be free like Americans. It has forever changed mankind and can only be destroyed once the concept of self-government is no longer deemed plausible.
The Gettysburg Address was given by Abraham Lincoln to honor the dead Union soldiers that had fallen at the Battle of Gettysburg, which ended on July 3rd. It is truly fitting that one of the turning points in the greatest American struggle would be a day before its birthday. The battle symbolizes the notion of the struggle to achieve the standard maxim. The Civil War was not one merely of self-preservation, but one of an ideal. It embodies the fact that Americans are willing to risk the blood and treasury of its citizenry for those who do not breath the air of freedom. American independence has not been held within a certain race or contained inside American borders, but has been given to so many across racial and national lines.