Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrating Independence

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2015 General Assembly 

96th District, Virginia House of Delegates  July 4, 2015
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Amanda Johnston
Do you know what we celebrate on the 4th of July? The simple answer is independence, but exactly which of the following actions are we commemorating?
  1. Continental Congress' decision to declare independence from Britain
  2. Signing of the Declaration of Independence
  3. Beginning of the American Revolution
  4. Continental Congress' agreement on the language of the Declaration of Independence 
  5. Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration of Independence
Stumped? The answer is number four. Independence was actually declared on July 2, 1776, and the Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776. Thomas Jefferson penned his draft in June of 1776, and the Revolution began in April of 1775. 

I share these details because I believe in contemplating the circumstances under which our nation declared and attained liberty. Tomorrow I will participate in a parade in Yorktown, site of the final action of the Revolutionary War. Yorktown is home to a constant reminder of the bravery of our founding fathers: the residence of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the commander of the Virginia militia during the siege of Yorktown.

Legend holds that General Nelson ordered fire on his own home when he believed that the British were using it as headquarters. In today's comfortable modern society, it is difficult to fathom the courage and commitment of this patriot. 

As you celebrate tomorrow's holiday with friends and family, please pause for a moment. Consider the bravery of the 56 men who, on July 4, 1776, agreed to the language and spirit of our Declaration of Independence. Their actions were the catalyst for the formation of our great nation, the United States of America.

Happy Independence Day!
On the Campaign Trail
As many of you are aware, I am facing an opponent in the November election. During recent weeks, I have been attending events and working hard to meet voters in the 96th District. To run a winning campaign, however, I will need your help! Click HERE to volunteer or HERE to make a donation

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the Just Right Party, an event hosted by the James City County Republican Committee. We have an outstanding slate of Republican candidates this year, and I look forward to working with them to achieve victory in November!

Left to right: Mark Matney, Heather Cordasco, Sue Sadler, Sheriff Bob Deeds, Mona Foley, Senator Tommy Norment, Lara Overy, Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green, Delegate Brenda Pogge, Berkeley Supervisor Mary Jones

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