From the beginning, the first Americans knew that lasting liberty could only exist on a sure foundation.
On November 11, 1620 the Mayflower Compact was penned, beginning with these words: "In the name of God, Amen. Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith..."
A prayer documented on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress began, "Lord God Almighty...Grant, we beseech Thee, that we and all the peoples of this land may have the grace to maintain these liberties..."
And it was John Adams who reminded us all, "Statesman, my dear Sir, may plan for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure that they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."
Have a wonderful day with family and friends. Celebrate the greatest, most blessed and most free country in the history of the world.
And let us never forget the foundation upon which we obtain a lasting liberty.