July 2018 Post Talk
NORTH BRANCH POST # 85
By Glenn Pierce, Adjutant
- Bar Finance & Accounting July 9th at 6:00 pm
- Membership Meeting July 10th at 7:00 pm
- SAL Meeting July 17th at 6:00 pm
Michelle Still, Auxiliary - Another Midsummer Celebration is behind us. It was a hot one! Thank you for all the hours of work many of you put in. We will soon be participating in the Chisago County Relay for Life event on July 14th. Donations to the team are appreciated. We did get a collection of nice chocolate related items for the silent auction basket we are donating. Remember, this year the Relay for Life is from 4:00 to 10:00 pm at the North Branch Outlets. Please join the team (it's not too late) or come for the fun activities and support this event.
Glenn Pierce, Adjutant - A HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come
to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate
Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee – including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York – to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.
Did You Know?
- John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest.
- Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
- On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include "Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other."