As fireworks burst across the night sky, the Fourth of July serves as a reminder of the profound significance of America’s day of independence and freedom. This day should hold immense importance in the hearts of Americans, resonating with the values of liberty, sacrifice and bravery; however, many of these values have been forgotten. Forgotten by those born in America and given these inalienable rights from birth, rights that so many other are fighting to attain throughout the world. This is a time when everyone in our nation, regardless of color or creed should reflect upon the struggles, triumphs and sacrifices made throughout history to establish and safeguard the freedoms that define the American spirit. (RELATED: When In The Course Of Human Events)

The Fourth of July marks the day when the Continental Congress, representing 13 American colonies, adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This historic document boldly proclaimed that all individuals possess inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The American Revolution that followed showed the determination of the colonists, who were willing to risk their lives and fortunes for the cause of freedom. The Fourth of July is a day we should honor John Hancock, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the other 51 members of the Continental Congress.

Throughout its existence, America has faced numerous challenges, both internally and externally. The spirit of independence has been tested time and again, but it has always prevailed. From the Civil War to World Wars, conflicts like the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, the Afghanistan War and recent international altercations, American soldiers have laid down their lives, defending the ideals upon which their nation was founded.

The sacrifices made by American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in defense of freedom cannot be overstated. In the Civil War alone – a devastating conflict that pitted brother against brother – the loss of life was staggering. Over 600,000 soldiers died, making it one of the deadliest wars in American history. This bloody struggle not only preserved the Union but also paved the way for the eventual abolition of slavery.

In the face of tyranny and oppression, American soldiers have taken up arms to protect not only their own freedoms but also those of people around the world. From the trenches of World War I to the beaches of Normandy in World War II, American troops fought alongside allies, confronting evil regimes, and ensuring that future generations would not be subjected to tyranny. The sacrifice of these brave men and women will forever be etched in the annals of history. Let us not allow a small narrow-minded segment of society today to tear down the great history that the United States was built on. All Americans must fight to preserve how America’s freedom was won! (RELATED: 4 Legendary US Heroes You’ve Never Heard Of)

America has often been referred to as the “Land of the Free.” This phrase encapsulates the core principle upon which the nation was built: individual liberty. The Founding Fathers envisioned a society where every person had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, free from undue interference.

The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures and backgrounds. It is a place where people from all walks of life can come together, express their opinions, and pursue their dreams. Freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the press are all enshrined in the Bill of Rights, allowing Americans to voice their beliefs and ideas without fear of persecution.

The Bill of Rights contains the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution. Starting with the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, these amendments are being attacked on a daily basis by the current administration, as are the other eight amendments which are slowly being chipped away day by day. The U.S. Constitution – the only document preserving freedom of its kind in the world – is disappearing because America has let our government fall into the hands of those who seek absolute power.

America is called the “home of the brave,” a testament to the courage and valor displayed by Americans throughout history. From the American Revolution to modern-day conflicts, countless men and women have answered the call of duty, facing adversity with unwavering bravery. They have demonstrated a steadfast spirit, fighting for justice and equality and protecting their fellow citizens. However, now is the time for every American to stand up and fight against the current oppressive takeover of our country.

The bravery of American soldiers is not limited to the battlefield. It extends to the everyday heroes who selflessly serve their communities as firefighters, police officers and emergency responders. Their dedication to preserving and protecting the well-being of their fellow citizens exemplifies the true spirit of bravery. (RELATED: War On Cops Continues: 10 Officers Shot In 3 Days)

As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, we must reflect on the significance of this occasion. It is a time to honor the sacrifices made by generations and stand up for our right to dissent freely, to speak against the oppression that has been descending upon us daily from government manipulation of our rights. Every American has to be weary and watchful that all elections are free and untampered. America and Americans need to stand up for their inalienable rights this Independence Day and be vigilant – because powerful and great civilizations are destroyed from within!

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Republican Standard. It first appeared in American Liberty News. Republished with permission.  James J. Fotis has a long career of experience as an informed, decisive leader and an analytical, proactive problem solver. He served more than twenty-three years as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA); an association of law enforcement officers, crime victims and concerned citizens. During his tenure, LEAA became a serious influence in the law enforcement community, on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch of government.