Celebrating July 4 on Sunday this year and every day

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May this day be one of renewal to the foundational principles that converged at the beginnings of our nation. Given that this July 4th falls on Sunday, I'm sharing some connections to comments and views that came from our early national leaders. May they encourage, challenge and inspire us again today!

Here are a few things to ponder as we celebrate our nation's birthday on this Sunday:

The roots of our national anthem, from American Profile . . .

 O Say Can You See . . .
 

In his farewell address to the nation in 1796, George Washington said . . .

that the great pillars of human happiness are morality and religion

Our nation's first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court made this comment . . .

“It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of
our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for
their rulers.” Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay
 

An approach to national renewal that balances faith-based and governmental initiative . . .

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