Archived: Celebrating Freedom on the Fourth of July


We have some thought provoking opinion columns in this week’s edition that we feel should give us a lot to think about this 4th of July.

The celebration of our Independence Day should not just be about parades, picnics and fireworks, rather it should be a time to reflect on something our forefathers believed to be more important than just eliminating an unjust tax, and that is freedom.

As commonplace and fun as our traditional backyard barbecues and firework extravaganzas have become, there is one tradition that over the years has slipped away into obscurity: A dedicated acknowledgment of what the day stands for, and that is freedom.

We believe that a reading of the Declaration of Independence should take place at every celebration, church service and government function this week in order to remind each and every one of us why so many of this country’s men and women have valiantly fought to preserve the freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

The City of Monterey Park will this weekend hold a celebration to honor this country’s new citizens, and it is likely many of them will be better versed on our Constitution than many who were born and raised in the good ‘ol USA, and more grateful for the freedoms too many of us take for granted.

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