Edited With Comments by Ev Chase
Declaring Our Independence
Last month we celebrated Memorial Day, the day on our calendar set aside to honor the memory of those who gave their life - for their country and our country.
This month, the June issue, looking forward to the 4th of July, we honor those who established our country and the Constitution for which the heros of Memorial Day continue to defend.
As the writer of this article I will not attempt to rewrite the Constitution as many have done in the past and will continue trying to accomplish in the future. Our Constitution provides for that liberty, but my intention is to celebrate the holiday and to remind us all that the Fourth of July is not just fireworks and parades, but the celebration of our independence and a new country which appeared on this continent of North America 229 years ago.
In Boulder City, we are lucky. Our Independence Day (an all day and evening celebration) kicks off with activities beginning with a parade in the morning, continuing with several events and activities throughout the day in Central Park and winding up with a grand finale of fireworks in Veterans Memorial Park when the sun goes down.
The adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 was not the end of the problems the Colonists were having with the occupation of the British, but a prelude to war which became a long hard battle to rid themselves of the tyrany and taxes that became increasingly burdensome to the people of the Colonies.
To keep it simple, what happened, as aways does (even with our current government) when the controlling faction gets greedy, the "King" continued to raise taxes on the people and duties on imports.
The "Boston Tea Party," for one example, occurred on December 16, 1773. Townies dressed as Mohawks dumped 342 chests of taxable tea into the harber. That was a bit of a slap to King George III who was said to have been quoted as saying "Hey that's not nice."
First blood was said to have been drawn in Lexington when "A sudden outburst of firing takes eight American lives. The resolute Minutemen answer an unexpected volley from British light infantry and April 19, 1775, dawns as a day of battle.
Likely quotes like "Let It Begin Here" would echo throughout the country where British and American met with muskets loaded. For the next seven plus years the war continued longer in some areas than in others before a treaty was signed and recognized throughout the land.