In a letter for the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “May it be to the world, what I believe it will be [...] the signal of arousing men to burst the chains [...] and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. [...] All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. [...] For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” Jefferson, along with John Adams, died on July 4, 1826, on the 50th Anniversary of Independence Day. (4th of July Parade about to begin, Saugatuck)

Posted by Mark at 2021-07-04 19:01:12 UTC