Happy 4th!

All of us at Health and Science Center wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July – the best day of the year. We know you share with us the prayers for our fellow Americans who are in the service of our country – many in harm’s way – and unable to be with their loved ones on our country’s birthday. And another prayer, for our caregivers and other essential workers who are still leading us by their example of service, caring, and prudence…sometimes, especially their prudence.

Writing to his wife, Abigail, from Philadelphia and the debate over the Declaration of Independence, John Adams got the date wrong – but he certainly got the rest right. First about the celebration:

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

And then, Adams laid out the meaning of the day:

“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction.”

“Nuff said. Have a Happy 4th!


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