Remembering what Independence Day is about

Dear Editor,

When our forefathers compose the constitution they weren’t 100 percent in agreement that what they had done was fully complete and would succeed but they had faith in almighty God.

It was with Providence and much prayer that America became the most popular, strongest and most sought for nation in which to reside.

And what is behind all of this greatness? We have trusted the true and almighty God and we have been blessed by him in abundance.

Also, we are proud of our country to be known as the missionary outlet throughout the world. The land of freedom and liberty and a national motto in God we trust.“

 However, freedom and liberty hasn’t always been free. Many a patriot has given their life for America to have freedom and liberty for all. Songs that touch our hearts such as The Star-Spangled Banner, You’re A Grand Old Flag, America the Beautiful and God Bless America should always be sung with pride.

George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and later this army became the United States Army.

George Washington was known for his bravery and courage and battles that seemed impossible to win. He trusted in Almighty God and in prayer. He was the first president of the USA and was called the father of his country.

The words of the Star-Spangled Banner which later became our national song were written in a poem by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and was adopted in 1931 long after his death in 1843 the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can be seen from miles away who sends her a message that this is a land of freedom.

In 1886 the statue was given to the USA by the people of France to commemorate the birth of America and friendships of the two countries. Our national flag which has 13 stripes of red and white which stands for the original 13 colonies and 50 stars of white against a blue background to commemorate our 50 United States.

In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a measure that added “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. The great seal of the United States is the bald eagle holding branches of all olive leaves for peace and also arrows for defense. A halo of 13 stars above to commemorate the 13 original colonies. And the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall Philadelphia on July 8 17 76 rung to proclaim the signing of the Declaration of Independence which was signed on July 4, 1776.

I believe that Providence, the great power of God, is moving in our nation today and I believe there is an  undercurrent of unity that is with us.

Even though we face enormous challenges we shall survive in a magnificent way as we celebrate Independence Day.

We need to remember that in other parts of the world freedom and liberty can’t be celebrated and neither can they worship God.

May we fly our flags, enjoy the fireworks, drive cautiously and give thanks for our freedom. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.“ Psalm 33:12

James E Anderson


Thank You

People of Athens, I taught Spanish at Athens High School from 1985-1988. I retired from public teaching June 2018. I would like to thank the people of Athens for a great start to a long career. It was my three years there that I decided to remain in the classroom. I would like advise as to letting the people of Athens know they are a good group of people.

Waiting for your reply. 

Thank you,

Erik Chaney Buchanan