Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, our country declared its independence from the reign of King George III of England by executing the Declaration of Independence. As a country, we had no desire to remain under the reign of King George III. But merely signing a piece of paper didn’t end the matter, for England had no desire to set us free. As a result, the Revolutionary War ensued and lasted for seven years. Finally, the war came to an end in 1781 with a decisive American victory at Yorktown, Virginia.

The Revolutionary War serves as a reminder that we have to fight for what we believe in, especially when it means living in conditions that are unacceptable to us. It isn’t enough to simply declare things are wrong; we have to be willing to put blood, sweat, and tears behind what we believe in. Every lawsuit that we file is a declaration that something is wrong. A battle then ensues. In law, most of those battles are eventually settled and a certain form of independence is gained by the clients. But independence is never gained until a declaration is made and a battle is fought. So don’t sit back hoping that things are going to change. They usually won’t. Indeed, Independence Day is celebrated in America today because the first citizens of our country were fed up with the status quo and did something about it. May you follow their courageous lead when you find yourself living under conditions that are unacceptable.

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