The American Revolution was a political upheaval that took place between 1765 and 1783 during which the Thirteen American Colonies broke from the British Empire and formed an independent nation, the United States of America.
The British responded by sending combat troops to re-establish royal control and through the Second Continental Congress, the Patriots fought the British in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783). The Continental Congress declared independence in July 1776, when Thomas Jefferson wrote and the Congress unanimously approved the United States Declaration of Independence.
There’s an old saying about those not learning from history being doomed to repeat it.
And it feels like this past year has a number of parallels between the old and the new as if on a loop. The themes, conflicts, lessons, incidents of yesterday foreshadow today’s events. They all provide context for today and reminders of lessons learned—for remembering, implementing, and hopefully avoiding them in the future.
But, I’ve really digressed…
As you prep the BBQ’s, set up the bean bag toss game and family and friends gather around to celebrate and light off a few rockets, let’s remember what we have, how we got it, and what it means to be an American — 227 years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
Today, also marks the fact that there are only 180 days remaining until the end of the year. Ride safe!
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