June-July, 2014

It’s hard to believe that America continues to carry on patriotic traditions that were born long ago, but we Americans like to remind ourselves of freedom, flags, (Old Glory, that is), and firecrackers. Underneath all the frivolity, however, the average American heart never fails to be stirred by a mid-summer parade right down Main Street, Elm Street, Washington Street, First Street, Oak Street, Town Road, Maple Street, or even Adams Street (Pick one of these; surely one of them is yours), starring a smart American flag unfurled just once a year, ahead of the local high school band for this heady, if not splendid, sweaty occasion. It might be Flag Day (June 14) or Fourth of July or the local scout troop marching proudly before heading out for a Lake Michigan campout. Most certainly, there are war veterans present.

And if you’re reading carefully, you’ll notice that these occasions “translate” differently to different people. A flag at the beginning of a parade will mean something to a serviceman or servicewoman, which is quite different to an eager five year-old who’s been told that a hot dog cookout will follow the spectacle. Both are generating feelings and/or emotions concerning the program of events. Both might be feeling anticipation, pride, joy, tears, memories, and varying degrees of personal and physical comfort.

Perhaps, these same feelings were experienced by our forefathers at the beginning of a revolution that was destined to change a world. The Declaration of Independence has had a storied beginning and continues to inspire on a global level. You might be thinking,

“Oh, I have heard this all before.”

Probably. Nevertheless, the Declaration of Independence has “crept” into many other countries’ compacts, constitutions, and proclamations. According to Harvard professor David Armitage’s book, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History, approximately half the world’s countries have some declaration similar to the American “Declaration” in their quests for freedom. It seems the founding fathers’ words “translated” to many nations whose languages are surely not English.

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