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They lived and died for independence

To the editor:

One can imagine the names they were called: rogues, revolutionaries, malcontents, traitors, rebels. And while every name was true, these men wore the insults like a badge of honor because the cause for which they lived and died was the cause of independence, freedom and liberty.

Who would have thought that the colonists’ complaints and grievances, written down on paper for everyone to see, would set our nation on a path that has made it the best in the world, a shining city on a hill that has been the beacon of hope to the world.

As you celebrate the Fourth of July – Independence Day – remember, it was a dedicated band of malcontents named Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and 52 others, who, 238 years ago in Philadelphia, signed the Declaration of Independence at risk of their own lives and changed the history of the world. We owe them our eternal thanks.