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"We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the public security and civil defense services of the republic, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world who celebrate with the American people on this very important day:

These were the final words of this historic declaration that was approved by the Second Continental Congress on the fourth day of July, 1776, written by 5 of its members: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman, the very document which ended an almost month-long debate on the political future faced by the 13 colonies of British North America which were engaged in what was the American Revolutionary War against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and its allies. The raison d’etre of this declaration was a historic resolution by Richard Henry Lee from Virginia on June 7 declaring that now that the colonies had their own national armed forces and militias fighting against the British soldiers and sailors, the time had come for the Congress to consider breaking all political, economic and social ties with the British government in London and to Parliament given not just the war itself but the events that transpired before it in a span of just 11 years since the British victory in the Seven Years’ War that made the people of the colonies outside of present day Canada resent British government, her laws, and the armed forces and made imperative the plans of these colonies to unite as one nation and people against a common enemy that through strict legislative acts led to the suffering of her people and resulted in 6 years of war against British rule that led up to today, 241 years to the day that with a majority vote of 11 of the state delegations present the independence of the United States of America was officially confirmed and the declaration approved and later signed by the president of the Congress, John Hancock and all the 55 members of the Congress from all 13 provincial legislatures assembled in plenary session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the birth of this new nation, the first of the independent republics of America and of the modern world, would be marked in the coming days by the public readings of this historic declaration of this the unanimous decision of the Second Continental Congress, its leaders and all its colonial delegates to officially proclaim the full independence of the United States of America from the government and people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Today, we mark this historic anniversary by recalling the very people without whom this impossible document have not been drafted and approved by the Second Continental Congress, the men and women who compose the active and reserve ranks of the United States Armed Forces and the heroic sacrifice of so many service personnel in these wars and military operations it fought, who we remember today and in every day of our lives, given their heroic deaths were for the country they served and pledged to defend, as well as of the hundreds of thousands of the law enforcement, civil defense and emergency management services of this great nation who fell in the line of duty for the defense of the public order and the law and in saving other lives from danger, especially of the first generation of national servicemen of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps who in these 6 years of national war against the British and its allies abroad helped defend the young republic from her enemies and ensured its continous existence, assuring the people of the world of a country that will always be their friend in times of need in war and in peace.

For just as the United States, in its involvement in two World Wars, in Korea and Vietnam, in the First Gulf War, and in the the battles against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in countless other operations worldwide, have defended not just its interests but the freedom of all the people of the world against the forces of fascism and communism, so should we, the people of the free world and of the United States of America, following the example of the heroes and heroines of these conflicts, as one united people, must continue the struggle in which so many died in the august name of the Union either in military service, in law enforcement, in sports, or just as civilans bringing the values that brought forth this nation, its culture and traditions and the American dream of a brighter tomorrow to all the people of the world who need it even more than ever before. These values must not die, these must be shared to our youth and our future generations, including those from countries that have been true and faithful friends of the United States for many years.

Even in these changing times for the United States, this holiday of the anniversary of the declaration of independence of the United States cannot be forgotten nor be stopped, for it is for the people of this great country and the world a great day to remember the origins and long history of this great nation and to celebrate its diverse people, its wide landscape, vibrant culture and many centuries of historical and cultural heritage.

Today, I join the people of the United States of America to mark the 241st year anniversary since the historic declaration from Philadelphia that officially began the long journey of this great nation to become the eternal beacon of democracy, unity, freedom and independence to so many people all over the world. As we march on as one people towards the events of the year 2026 – the 250th year anniversary of national independence – today, as we joyfully commemorate this historic day of humankind, we march on honoring the men and women who have made this day come true while keeping alive the memory of the millions of men and women who served in its uniformed services and have made the nation proud through their services in various fields of endeavor, in sports, culture, industry and in film, radio and television and the millions who died in the service of this great country in the uniformed services and in civil acts of heroism. All over our great world, the Fourth of July thus is a great day in which we join hands in celebration of this very birthday of the first of the great republics of the modern world, a very day of great importance to remember and commemorate the memory of the heroes who built this nation and of the men and women who have given the republic honor, glory, prestige and distinction and have flew the Stars and Stripes all over the world. To all our dear military, police, fire, EMS, forest service and border guard servicemen and women and veterans, as well as to all our national athletes in sports, we remember you today with our deepest respect and gratitude, for the service you gave for this country will be honored for generations to come. Today and always you will always be the beacons of hope for the youth of our tomorrow and for the millions of the people of the world an inspiration and guide towards a brighter future for all of humanity. And to all who died for the sake of this great nation, today and always, we keep you all in our remembrance.

In conclusion, may we who join the American people in celebration of this the 241st year anniversary of the independence of the United States of America mark this important day with fitting tributes and always hold on to the legacy and promise of this great land for the inheritance of our future generations and joyfully celebrate the very day in which the American people broke the chains of British colonial government and opened wide the door of a new era of the history of humanity!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF THE MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO DIED FOR THE INDEPENDENCE AND LIBERTY OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND HER PEOPLE!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO MADE THEIR MARK AND HAVE DONE GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HAVE BROUGHT FORTH HER NAME TO ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD!

LONG LIVE THE 241ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

LONG LIVE THE VALORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY AMERICAN NATION, ITS EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE, AND THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVING MEN AND WOMEN IN SERVICE OF ITS ARMED FORCES!

LONG LIVE THE VETERANS OF THE UNIFORMED MILITARY AND CIVIL SECURITY AND DEFENSE SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, GUARDIAN DEFENDERS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

GLORY TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF JULY 4, 1776, ONE OF THE GREATEST EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY, THE GREAT EVENT THAT TRANSFORMED 13 COLONIES INTO ONE, MIGHTY, STRONG AND GREAT COUNTRY, THE FIRST REPUBLIC OF OUR MODERN WORLD AND OF ALL OF HUMANKIND!

GLORY TO THE FIRST AND THE GREATEST OF ALL THE FREE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, OUR GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

MAY OUR ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


1900h, July 4, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 119th of the Philippines, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, and the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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