President John Quincy Adams believed succeeding generations would commemorate The Declaration of Independence, which he named The Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty -- a celebration solemnized with pomp, parades, and with shows of games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, illuminated from one end of the continent to the other from his time forward forever.

Why The Declaration of Independence?

Among grievances: the abuse of certain unalienable rights.

The Declaration of Independence states: "The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."

Among the list of grievances of which each one is compelling: "He (King of Great-Britain) has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance."

The War of Independence begins 1775: Lexington and Concord, the Minutemen, Paul Revere's Ride to warn colonists (the signal one if by land, and two, if by sea), which ends with the defeat of the British, 1783.

Although an estimated one-third of colonists supported the War of Independence, our ancestors won the war, and The Constitution of the United States of America was ratified 1788.

How much we know or appreciate from the beginning to fight for independence is suspect, depends on the ability to distinguish substance from symbolism, fact from fiction, ideology from ideology.

We might be stirred by the alleged words of 21-year-old American spy-soldier, Nathan Hale, who was captured and hanged by the British, September 1776: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Today, we're nearly splayed out with deep-rooted divisiveness , if we believe politicians, media and agitprop activity.

The fight for individual sovereignty, independence, remains.

Jim Skeese, Stow