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Nineteen years after the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth,  what is often considered the first 'constitution' of our country was drawn up by colonists from Hartford, Windsor, and Wethersfield, titled:  'The Fundamental Orders'.  This document, which limited the power of government and gave men the right to vote, set forth and established a 'representative sytem' of government.   Though colonists were under the rule of Great Britain, they sought to establish an ecclesiastical society which would be subject to  their own rules and regulations.
The January 14, 1639, orders were adopted and transcribed into the official colony records, becoming the 'constitution' for the colonial form of government (which, by the way is why Connecticut is called 'The Constitution State').  People wanted a democratic form of government ~ they wanted to escape tyranny ~ they wanted to live under their own rule.
The colonists were unhappy with British rule and the unrest and discontent grew.  There was also the issue of taxation.  Though the colonists paid their taxes to Britain, they did not have any representation there and thus were unable to have a say in what took place.  The "Taxation without Representation" issue, lead to King George sending extra troops to the colonies to keep under control any ideas of rebellion.  Tensions grew, and while the King's troops were advancing on Concord Massachusetts in April of 1775, Paul Revere was to make his famous ride during which he gave warning to the people, "The British are coming, the British are coming!".  The 'unofficial' beginning of the War for Independence began with the 'shot heard around the world' which was fired at the Battle of Concord.
In June of 1776, a statesman from Virginia,  Richard Henry Lee,  proposed a motion of an 'independence resolution' to the Second Continental Congress which called for the colonies' total independence from Great Britain's rule.   A committee was formed to draft the declaration, which became the 'Declaration of Independence'.  Members of the committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman.  Chairman of the committee was Thomas Jefferson (later to be the third president of the United States).   He wrote the first draft of the Declaration which was presented to the congress on June 28.
On July 2, the Congress voted in closed session to declare independence from Great Britain, accepting Richard Henry Lee's 'independence resolution'. 
Franklin and Adams made minor changes to the first draft of the Declaration, presenting a final draft to Congress on July 4.   A vote was taken from the representatives of the 13 British colonies ~ 9 voted in favor (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia), 2 voted no (Pennsylvania and South Carolina), 1 was undecided (Delaware), and1 abstained (New York).    
On July 4, 1776, the  British colonies approved and adopted the wording of the Declaration which declared their independence from Great Britain, rejected any allegiance to the British monarchy, and claimed a new and sovereign nation ~ the United States of America.  The President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock, then signed the Declaration, making it an official document.
July 4, 1776 ~ INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!
The very next day, copies of the Declaration were distributed to the people; it was printed in the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6; and was read in public on July 8 in Philadelphia's  Independence Square. 
On July 19, 1776, when New York  moved from 'abstain' to 'yes', Congress ordered the Declaration to be engrossed on parchment and signed by all members.  On August 2, 1776, 50 members of Congress were to sign the 'Declaration of Independence'.   The signers were:
CONNECTICUT - Samuel Huntington, Roger Sherman, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
DELAWARE - Thomas McKean, George Read, Caesar Rodney
GEORGIA - Button Gwinett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
MARYLAND - Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone
MASSACHUSETTS - John Adams, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine
NEW HAMPSHIRE - Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, William Whipple
NEW JERSEY - Abraham Clark, John Hart, Francis Hopkinson, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon
NEW YORK - William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Lewis Morris
NORTH CAROLINA - Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, John Penn
PENNSYLVANIA - George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, John Morton, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson
RHODE ISLAND - William Ellery, Stephen Hopkins
SOUTH CAROLINA - Thomas Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge
VIRGINIA - Carter Braxton, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Nelson Jr., George Wythe
The first celebration of Independence Day took place on July 4, 1777, and has since been celebrated annually throughout the United States to commemorate the signing of our 'Declaration of Independence' which took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776!!! 
In 1941, Congress declared July 4 as a federal legal holiday.
For 2010, the President of the United States has issued a message about Independence Day, and it can be found here:

~ Rev. Lin



The government of the United States recognizes eleven public holidays which are titled "Federal Holidays.  These Federal Hilidays have been designated by our  Congress in the United States Code    Title 5    Part III     Subpart E     Chapter 61     Subchapter 1     § 6103     HOLIDAYS.

The designated Federal Holidays are:

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Inauguration Day (After 1965, January 20 of each fourth year)
  • The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  (Third Monday in January)
  • Washington's Birthday  (Also referred to as President's Day -- Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day  (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day  (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day  (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day  (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day  (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day  (December 25)

As Congress only has the authority to establish 'holidays' for federal institutions, federal employees, and the District of Columbia, there are no 'National Holidays" in our country.  By Constitution, the federal government can not force States, local governments, or employers to observe Federal Holidays.  Most States, however, do recognize and observe the Federal Holidays.  

On occasion, Presidents of the United States have declared a public holiday through Presidental Proclamation.  Though Federal law allows for this, these public holidays do not become "Federal Holidays", but rather 'national observances'. 

~ Rev. Lin 




When Did Your State Join The United States Union?
 1. DelawareDec. 7, 17871638
 2. PennsylvaniaDec. 12, 17871682
 3. New JerseyDec. 18, 17871660
 4. GeorgiaJan. 2, 17881733
 5. ConnecticutJan. 9, 17881634
 6. MassachusettsFeb. 6, 17881620
 7. MarylandApr. 28, 17881634
 8. South CarolinaMay 23, 17881670
 9. New HampshireJune 21, 17881623
10. VirginiaJune 25, 17881607
11. New YorkJuly 26, 17881614
12. North CarolinaNov. 21, 17891660
13. Rhode IslandMay 29, 17901636
14. VermontMar. 4, 17911724
15. KentuckyJune 1, 17921774
16. TennesseeJune 1, 17961769
17. OhioMar. 1, 18031788
18. LouisianaApr. 30, 18121699
19. IndianaDec. 11, 18161733
20. MississippiDec. 10, 18171699
21. IllinoisDec. 3, 18181720
22. AlabamaDec. 14, 18191702
23. MaineMar. 15, 18201624
24. MissouriAug. 10, 18211735
25. ArkansasJune 15, 18361686
26. MichiganJan. 26, 18371668
27. FloridaMar. 3, 18451565
28. TexasDec. 29, 18451682
29. IowaDec. 28, 18461788
30. WisconsinMay 29, 18481766
31. CaliforniaSept. 9, 18501769
32. MinnesotaMay 11, 18581805
33. OregonFeb. 14, 18591811
34. KansasJan. 29, 18611727
35. West VirginiaJune 20, 18631727
36. NevadaOct. 31, 18641849
37. NebraskaMar. 1, 18671823
38. ColoradoAug. 1, 18761858
39. North DakotaNov. 2, 18891812
40. South DakotaNov. 2, 18891859
41. MontanaNov. 8, 18891809
42. WashingtonNov. 11, 18891811
43. IdahoJuly 3, 18901842
44. WyomingJuly 10, 18901834
45. UtahJan. 4, 18961847
46. OklahomaNov. 16, 19071889
47. New MexicoJan. 6, 19121610
48. ArizonaFeb. 14, 19121776
49. AlaskaJan. 3, 19591784
50. HawaiiAug. 21, 19591820






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GOVERNMENTS ON THE WWW -- 'The United States Of America'  http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en/us.html


THE PENTAGON CHANNEL -- Watch Broadcasts 24 Hours A Day   http://pentagonchannel.feedroom.com/iframeset.jsp?ord=817193




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Born Again American is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.

The founder, TV producer and philanthropist Norman Lear, was talking with Academy Award-winning songwriter Keith Carradine one night, and the Born Again American video was, well, born. It took the efforts of Director Mark Johnson of Playing for Change, Producer Brent Miller, and 16 performers and two choruses to bring Keith’s song to life in 14 iconic locations around the USA. The singers and musicians, non-professionals all, were chosen because they are living the lyrics in these troubled times, not just performing them.



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Dear Fellow Americans,

Following is an excerpt of the official proclamation from the President of the United States of America:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2006, as National Pearl
Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge
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PRAYER FOR THE NATION http://www.heartlight.org/prayerforthenation/reachtheworld.html

GOD BLESS AMERICA  http://www.custersportsmensclub.com/sept11.html 

PETE ANDREWS 911 WEBSITE http://www.peteandrews.net/site/wtclinks.html  

TERROR ATTACKS ON WORLD TRADE CENTER   http://www.wtc-trauer.de/wtcphotos.htm 

FIREHOUSE.COM  http://www.firehouse.com/terrorist/ 

HEROES  http://www.gcfl.net/911/heroes.php 

PORTRAITS OF GRIEF  http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/portraits/ 

WALL OF AMERICANS  http://www.wallofamericans.com/


CAN'T CRY HARD ENOUGH  http://www.cantcryhardenough.com/ 

THE WORLD MOURNS  http://tributeto9-11-01.com/ 

GROUND ZERO QUILT  http://www.gzquilt.com/Larger_View/larger_view.html 

THE DAY AMERICA UNITED  http://d21c.com/SHACITA/memorial/united3.html 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001  A  MEMORIAL  http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/ 


THE PORT AUTHORITY POLICE MEMORIAL  http://www.portauthoritypolicememorial.org/

UK PAYS ITS RESPECTS  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1541355.stm

 VOICES OF SEPTEMBER 11th   http://www.voicesofsept11.org/


YAHOO  9-11-01 WEBSITES   http://snurl.com/2b37   

WHERE WERE YOU....?  http://www.wherewereyou.org/

SEPTEMBER 11 DIGITAL ARCHIVE  http://911digitalarchive.org/  



SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 NEWS   http://www.september11news.com/ 

SEPTEMBER 11 ARCHIVE  http://september11.archive.org/ 


ARCHIVE OF SCREENSHOTS OF ONLINE NEWS  http://www.interactivepublishing.net/september/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 VICTIMS  http://www.september11victims.com/september11victims/

SEPTEMBER 11: BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY  http://americanhistory.si.edu/september11/  

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001  POEMS  http://www.poetry.com/us_tragedy/searchgroup.asp 


THE EAGLE IS IN THE AIR  http://www.poofcat.com/EAGLE.html

A TRIBUTE  http://usa.corporateclicks.com   

  ROLLING 9-1-1 MEMORIAL  http://bigjer53.com/rolling911/


A TEAR FOR AMERICA  http://www.dobhran.com/greetings/GRprayer3.htm

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