As we celebrate our country’s 242nd year of freedom, let’s join our hands to give thanks to the document that describes some reasons the 13 American colonies opted for a change in government from the British. As the lead writer of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s main points were that government must be by the consent of those who are governed because all people are created equal, have basic human rights, and that government should protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In other words, the birth certificate of the United States brings to our attention every year the importance of participating in government, remembering that we weren’t always free people and that a republic was formed.
It is the special day when the United States of America declared to be a free country from the rule of Great Britain in the year 1776. The U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870. It has been a paid holiday for Federal employees since 1938.
The entire country is happy as it is a national holiday. We as federal and District of Columbia employees are so fortunate to be representatives of the government. No matter where you are from, Independence Day is the time to show our national pride in the United States of America. Get out your red, white and blue, wave the stars and stripes and sing our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, to show our patriotism as you have a cookout, attend a picnic or parade, or watch fireworks with your family and friends.
Have a sparkling 4th of July! A spirit of equality and faith, and a belief of courage. I wish you all a Happy 4th of July. Take pride, America! Take pride, FAPAC! This day will be celebrated with great pride and FAPAC will continue to celebrate next month as your FAPAC family invites you to a picnic.
Olivia F. Adrian