This is Boston’s Old State House, the oldest surviving public building in that city, where The Declaration of Independence was read from its balcony on 18 July 1776.
Below is The American’s Creed, which we recite at our DAR meetings. The American’s Creed was the winning submission in a 1917 national writing contest for a creed of the United States. William Tyler Page used phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in his entry. The American’s Creed was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1918.
The American’s Creed
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support it Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. —-William Tyler Page
A couple other patriotic quotes:
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” –Benjamin Franklin
“And I’m proud to an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” –Lee Greenwood
Today, as we celebrate the Fourth by flying American flags, watching parades and fireworks, and attending family picnics, remember our patriot forefathers who gave us these freedoms, as well as our veterans and active military.
I wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.
God Bless America!