When asked, most of us can probably recite the first line of the Declaration of Independence. Our schools teach it to students at a young age, and those timeless words—“life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”—remain firmly ingrained in our minds throughout our lives. But the significance of what those words mean—and what the document itself represents—can easily lose its meaning if we do not remind ourselves of it from time to time. The Fourth of July is a great occasion to appreciate its importance.
Our Founding Fathers likely could not have envisioned all that this nation would achieve, but their foresight, as well as their belief in the individual, made all of it possible.