Independence Day Wish

July 4, 2012



The Fourth of July is a special holiday when families and neighbors come together to enjoy picnics, patriotic music, fireworks, and the excitement of celebrating our nation’s birthday celebration.


Communities throughout South Carolina will sponsor parades, festivals, and concerts, many culminating with impressive firework displays.  These great celebrations will be part of the best memories our children will carry through their lives.  That’s why I would like to suggest that among all the happy events of the day, we all pause to realize that this day also represents the tremendous faith, courage, and dedication of our nation’s founding fathers.


One good way to acknowledge the character of one of our most noted founding fathers is to consider George Washington’s “Earnest Prayer.”  The great General, facing military retirement at the close of the Revolutionary War, wrote on June 14, 1783, in a “Circular Letter Addressed to the Governors of all the States” the following words:



“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection; that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for brethren who have served in the field; and finally that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.”



In these times, as in Washington’s time, our nation needs such a spirit of understanding and dedication.  And we should all recognize that it especially needs General Washington’s “earnest prayer.”


I wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!

By: Kelly Payne


Kelly Payne is a high school Social Studies teacher in Richland SC.  She has been heavily active in the tea party movement from the beginning.  She is very involved in the GOP and ran for State Superintendent of Education in 2010.  Kelly began writing for The South Carolina Conservative Dot Com in 2012.


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