George Washington desired that every July 4th be a grand celebration, a time when we come together and celebrate our freedom. Men and women made great sacrifices for our country that we have ceremoniously observed for the past 239 years.
Washington did not only inspire our honoring the day, his words also inspired another great president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln loved to read, he was known to walk miles if he could borrow a book. He especially cherished the stories about the forefathers, their struggle for freedom and the government they created to form our great union.
What George Washington said that inspired Abraham Lincoln to be President
Lincoln’s deep rooted passion to preserve the union was influenced by the farewell words of George Washington. Washington reminded us that our patriotism to our country would promote happiness. He said “the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it.”
Washington understood the probability that discord and disagreement could happen and result in the breakup of the union. He advised vigilance against “the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”
Lincoln profoundly understood what George Washington meant and he wanted to do everything he could to ensure the preservation of the United States. When Lincoln believed the country was moving in the wrong direction, it was this passion that led him back into politics after a five year hiatus. The grumblings between the southern pro-slavery constituents and northern abolitionists was not going to be easily resolved and Lincoln wanted to be a part of the solution. His decision would put him in a perfect position to make a difference, being elected the President of the United States in 1860, on the verge of a great Civil War.
As our Commander-in-Chief, Abraham Lincoln fought the Union’s greatest threat when the south seceded from the Union. The Civil War battle was fought with determination, each side with undeniable faith that their opinion was right hoping the result would end in their favor. In the end, the Union won but not without losing over 600,000 lives during the most brutal battle on our own land.
Lincoln brought the Union back together counseling the nation with his famous words:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Freedom is not free – Let’s honor July 4th
In honor of this great holiday, here are a few thoughts and acts of patriotism we can do to show our respect for our great nation.
Let us remember those who fought in the Civil War to preserve our country. Freedom is not free, and may we never forget the soldier’s courage and leadership for fighting so desperately for what they believed.
Let us honor all of those brave soldiers of the Revolutionary War who fought for our freedom.
Let us remember the great words of our great leaders and be inspired to stay united.
Let us remember our Constitution that:
We believe that all men are created equal
Government requires the consent of the governed
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness are our rights
Let us put away all judgments and replace them with an undeniable appreciation and respect for the people of our great nation.
Let us understand we have differences of opinion and yet appreciate that we can live in a country where having differences of opinion is not against the law.
Let us do what George Washington asked us to do: Celebrate!
God Bless America! Happy 4th of July!