LETTER: Be inspired by patriots who served U.S. on its first July 4

To Ozaukee Press:

By definition, we commemorate the Fourth of July as “the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.”

     According to popular statistics, approximately 3% of the population at that time fought for freedom and liberty from England during the American Revolution.  My husband’s family was part of that 3%.  First arriving in Jamestown, Va., from England in 1633, they came as a family of husband, wife and son, with the status of “indentured servitude.” Contracted work for seven years would pay for their passage to the New World.

     Not surprisingly, when duty called in 1776, the family descendants of those original immigrants, still in Virginia, answered to serve. One member, Thomas Sr., was a member of the 1st Continental Light Dragoons, including time at Valley Forge. His father Ambrose, too old to fight, served as a supplier, bringing food, clothing and weapons to the troops of Gen. Washington.

I tell this story not because they were heroes, but because they were just common, ordinary men, with the support of their wives and children, who felt that the colonial patriots fighting for freedom from England were doing the right and just thing.

     The majority of Americans now are still just ordinary citizens who also feel called to help and do the right thing. They work hard and care about the welfare, education and safety of their families and friends. Our country still needs the principles of democracy and the executive, legislative and judicial branches following the Constitution to ensure the common good for all people.

     While we are grilling, picnicking, watching parades and viewing fireworks on this Fourth of July, please remember and think about those ordinary people who in 1776 put everything on the line for freedom and democracy.

We as a country have more things in common than those things that divide us.  To work together we need to talk to each other and really listen to each other’s point of view. The United States of America as a republic and democracy is not perfect. But by working together towards the common good, that aim of perfection and cooperation for our country comes closer and reachable for all of its citizens.

Karen Meador

Port Washington                                                                                                


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