In a short time you will be sitting with friends and celebrating one of


’s biggest holidays. However, when was the last time you really understood what the day was about and why our warriors are out forward projecting what is crucial and just? This 4th of July, take a couple seconds; think about our warriors kicking ass and taking names and all of those who have gone before them, especially our founding fathers and think about the below information. Semper Fidelis and Happy Independence Day!.

Independence Day – 4 July 1776.

The United States Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies were independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain. The document, formally entitled The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America and written chiefly by Thomas Jefferson, explained the justifications for secession from the British crown, and was an expansion of the Lee Resolution (passed by Congress on July 2), which first proclaimed independence. An engrossed copy of the Declaration was signed by most of the delegates on August 2 and is now on display in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration is considered to be a preceding founding document of the later formed United States of America, where July 4th is celebrated as Independence Day. At the time the Declaration was issued, the American colonies were "united" in declaring their independence from Great Britain, but were not yet declaring themselves to be a single nation. That union would evolve and take shape during the next few years after the Declaration was issued.

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln succinctly explained the central importance of the Declaration to American history in his Gettysburg Address of 1863:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Independence Day – 4 July 1776.

Draft and adoption

In June of 1776, a committee of the Second Continental Congress consisting of John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut (the "Committee of Five"), was formed to draft a suitable declaration to frame this resolution. The committee decided that Jefferson would write the draft, which he showed to Franklin and Adams. Prior to deciding on Jefferson, both Adams and Franklin turned down the offer, citing that if they wrote it people would read it with a biased eye. Franklin himself made at least 48 corrections. Jefferson then produced another copy incorporating these changes, and the committee presented this copy to the Continental Congress on June 28, 1776.

A formal declaration for independence was delayed on July 2, 1776, pursuant to the "Lee Resolution" presented by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, which read (in part): ‘"Resolved: That these united Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."’

The full Declaration was reworked somewhat in general session of the Continental Congress. Congress, meeting in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, finished revising Jefferson’s draft statement on July 4, approved it, and sent it to a printer. At the signing, Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having stated: "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately," a play on words indicating that failure to stay united and succeed would risk being tried and executed,individually,fortreason.Source:Wikipedia

Right now would be a good time to click the link below, stand attention, and remember the real reason we celebrate the 4th of July. Have a great holiday Marines, and Semper Fidelis! Star Spangled Banner, performed by the President’s Own Marine Corps Band, Circa 1953

SemperFi Marines.
MajPrater (Ret)
TWS Co-Founder/Admin


    Thoughts on the cost of Freedom from Gold Star Father, Robert Stokely….
    We often hear this term: Freedom isn’t Free. But, what does that really mean and if Freedom isn’t Free, then what is the cost and who pays it?
    The cost is watching someone you love go away for a long period of time where there is little contact as they endure the rigors and hardships of training.
    The cost is watching someone you love serve for pay that doesn’t always cover what it takes to live a standard of living most civilians enjoy and suffering a financial impact that can negatively alter a military family’s prosperity for a lifetime.
    The cost is deployment to combat.
    The cost is a loved one leaving whole but coming home less than whole, physically, mentally or both.
    The cost is a a loved one who never returns from a mission and is never found.
    The cost is having to take another’s life, even if they are the enemy, and living with that the rest of your life.
    The cost is watching a close friend die, maybe even holding them in your arms, helpless to save them and living a life of remembering that moment and feeling guilty that it wasn’t you who died instead of the close friend.
    The cost is a family waiting and watching 24 / 7, hoping and praying as they watch daily newscasts about our military personnel dying.
    The cost is a knock at the door no family wants but is a special privilege of sacrifice and if not borne by some, then who would bear it?
    The cost is a lifetime of love.
    Freedom isn’t Free and the cost is high.
    The Fourth of July is a special time to celebrate the freedoms we have, hard fought and won at a great cost. Well we all should enjoy this day, and every day we have to live free, for to do less would be to waste the high price paid that we might.
    Robert Stokely

    Today, 7/3/07, I did my semi-annual VA outpatient clinic appointment. Heard all the VA horror stories? Here’s mine: I had an 8AM lab appointment. When I called to set up my doctors appointment, (I live 75 miles from the OPC at Pensacola), I asked if they’d consider that I have a lab appointment. They did and scheduled my doctors appt for 3 PM same day. Cool, way cool! I arrived, walked my dog, and went inside at 7:35AM to check in. I was met by a very large smile on a very small lady who gave me a cap of Stars and Stripes, and thanked me for my service, (later learned that she’s with the Milton Florida DAV). With a day to kill, I went outside and found a bunch of DAV’ers setting up a shelter and getting ready to BBQ for “us vets”. Cool, way cool! I pitched in and helped them, then noticed that there were a bunch of bored children on the place. I got my 105 lb Great Pyrenees Puppy out and turned her over to the kids. They and the dog were richened. Rains came, for over 2 hours, so I played a hunch and went to my doctors section and asked if I could sign in, (1:45PM). At 2:10PM, I walked out, with a good doctors visit behind me, and headed out. I may be an exception but I have had nearly all positive experiences at the VA clinics.
    nuf sed

  3. There is nothing I can add to the great posts already made. I will just add my voice to give thanks for all who served and those who still do. My thanks to all who saw the need to serve and understood why they did. Major has shown us how to help, but also how to respect our warriors. Major Pain is a true hero in our war against the haters. He has been there and done that.

  4. Thank you Maj for being here!I would like to say Thank You to our soldiers and their families for your sacrafices to keep this great country FREE.Have a peaceful independence day you are all in our hearts and prayers…Semper Fi

  5. The following quote is taken from from our local newspaper today. The 24 yr. old soldier, twice wounded in Iraq, is home on leave from Walter Reed where he will undergo more physical therapy and likely one more surgery.
    (About returning gunfire in Iraq) “It is the scariest thing ever, but you just have to do it. If I were to take off my shirt, I’m covered in scars. I look at my scars and know I did something good for my country.”
    SPC. Brown is home in CT celebrating the Fourth of July with his family. God bless him.

  6. 2,0000 loyal supporters turned out in Littleton CO on July 4th for the unveiling of Navy Seal Danny Dietz’s statue. The Sec. of the Navy and head of Navy Special Warfare were among the speakers paying tribute to Danny, and to the freedom men like him continue to preserve for us. Danny’s sister spoke tearfully about how she and Danny used to play in the same park where his statue will serve as an example to those who visit of the true meaning of “hero”. The widow and mother of two of the Seals we lost in the same fight when Danny gave his life were grateful that two long years after their loss, so many people had come to show WE REMEMBER AND HONOR. A Navy Seal Congressional Medal of Honor recipient told how he gives thanks every day – by naming each one – to Danny and all his other “swim buddies” who have died serving our country. Patriot Guard and Rolling Thunder lined the street with flags; countless uniformed active duty troops were in attendance; the flyover was earth-shaking;and I will always remember Danny.

  7. The 4th was a very good day for us. Son-in-law Ssgt Pete (aka Ssgt Daddy to my grandkids) had just come back from an extended tour with what his daughter calls the Big Honkin Sandbox. My Father-in-law a WWII Army vet from the European Campaign spent most of the day with Pete and the family.
    My son spent the day at Fort Bragg, he has been in the Army just over a year and he has completed all the “run them off” phases of the Special Forces evolution and is now training in his MOS.
    I am the only former Marine in the crowd. I was always a black sheep eh?
    Lord it feels good to be emersed in a family at a time like the 4th.
    Next to Christmas it is the biggest family holiday for us all.
    Happy Independence Day.

  8. My heartfelt thanks to Major Pain and the Vets, and our Troops in training and serving and their families and those who have been injured and those who have lost their precious lives and their families and friends who are the reasons we can celebrate this holiday in the first place.

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