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Fourth of July: The birth of an idea

July 2, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen
To the Editor:

While Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with BBQs, fireworks and red, white and blue splendor, more importantly, it is a day when we come together as Americans to recognize and celebrate our extraordinary nation and its foundation of democracy.

We celebrate not only an idea that captured the imagination of those brave individuals that fought for our independence, but also the birth of an idea that serves as an inspiration to the rest of the world. The American Revolution is the only revolution in history not to focus on changing the leaders in charge, but instead, to focus on changing the ideas for which a nation stands. Never had a nation been born in such a manner. Never had a nation heralded a declaration drafted by elected citizens of a new nation. Never had such fundamental freedoms been declared the entitlement of all human beings. It is humbling to think about.

This Independence Day weekend, we celebrate the event that started it all. 235 years ago, 56 men came together in a crowded room in Philadelphia and made a courageous move that changed the course of history: they adopted the Declaration of Independence, putting them, their families and their fortunes in grave danger for the chance at success of the revolution. America is a force for good in the world, and the compassionate spirit of America remains as a beacon of light. Drawing on the courage of our Founding Fathers and the resolve of our citizens, we willingly embrace the challenges before us. I encourage us all to take a few moments out this weekend as we see a passing parade or our American Flag flying high, to remember the opportunities we enjoy daily and often take for granted.

Join me in passing down that remarkable history by sharing stories and pride with your children and grandchildren, so future generations will know such bravery and the legacy of those who came before us. Best wishes for a safe and joyous Independence Day with family and friends.

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-27)

West Palm Beach

Benacquisto represents most parts of Lehigh Acres in the State Senate. - Ed.



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