July 4, 2018 is America’s 242nd Independence Day.

It is a historic and memorable day in the United States because it marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 States of America on July 4, 1776, which, were then, colonies of England.

The signing took place in Philadelphia by the members of the Second Continental Congress led by John Hancock.

On the day of signing, guns were fired, candles were lighted and bells rang the whole day.

The next day the declaration was publicly announced in all major American cities.

Since then, the Fourth of July has become a celebration in America at the Federal level.

We would like to print here the unforgettable wordings of the patriotic American song, “America the Beautiful.”

(Due to space limitation, below is only the first of eight stanzas of the famous hymn.)

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

On this day, we’d also like to share excerpts from ex-President Barack Obama’s speech when he received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award while Mr. Obama was still president:

“John F. Kennedy knew that our best hope and our most powerful answer to our doubts and to our fears lies inside each of us, in our willingness to joyfully embrace our responsibility as citizens, to stay true to our allegiance, to our highest and best ideals, to maintain our regard and concern for the poor and the aging and the marginalized, to put our personal or party interest aside when duty to our country calls or when conscience demands.

“That’s the spirit that has brought America so far and that’s the spirit that will always carry us to better days.”

Finally, Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers, on the importance of a free press to keep government in check.

He concluded that if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government,” he’d not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

(Note: This editorial was written in one of America’s “mountain majesties above the fruited plain” in the State of California.)


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