Independence Day

4th July USA independence day

Today, the United States of America celebrates Independence Day on July 4th. It is a significant day in American history as it marks the anniversary of the U.S. Congress announcing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which led to the separation of 13 North American British Colonies from Great Britain. However, achieving independence was not an easy task, and the American Revolution, also known as the War of Independence (1775-1783), had to be fought against the British “Redcoats.”

During the American Revolution, France, an enemy of Britain at the time, assisted the Continental Army in their fight for independence. The war continued until 1781 when the British surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively securing independence for the Americans. The fighting officially ended in 1783.

In recognition of France’s support during the Revolution, the country later gifted the United States the Statue of Liberty. This iconic statue stands tall and proud at the entrance to New York Harbor, symbolizing freedom. With one hand holding high the torch of Liberty and the other holding a tablet inscribed with the date of Independence Day, the Statue of Liberty represents the principles and values that America stands for.

Since those early days, the United States has been a champion of freedom and justice, not only within its borders but also around the world. Americans have made significant sacrifices in defending these rights and freedoms in various global conflicts. The United States is widely regarded as a defender of global rights and liberty, and its strength and compassion are sought after by the international community.

Today, America represents many things to the world. It is a powerful nation with a robust economy, a formidable military, and a commitment to defending democracy. It also takes pride in being a champion for the less fortunate and advocating for equality. The American flag symbolizes these values, and Americans hold a deep sense of pride for their country.

The United States remains a symbol of power and freedom for people worldwide. Canadians, as proud neighbors, stand in solidarity with America and offer their support whenever possible. On Independence Day, fireworks light up the American skies, marking a joyous celebration of a great nation that is respected and relied upon by the rest of the world. Canadians join in saluting the United States and extend their warm wishes for a joyous celebration.

While a teenager Tony was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue his love of aviation and began a career began in the airline world during his days in high school and university as he grew up in Toronto. After completing University at Guelph he moved to Ottawa, following a path in urban agriculture and environmental awareness. He shared his insights for over 2 decades as he appeared on TV, and radio, as the "Plant D octor", and operating his own business in horticulture. Later he reentered the transport industry and became involved in the manufacture and marketing of sustainable fuel-saving and safety products for the truck industry. He is director of an African American art collection based in Washington D.C. Today he writes passionately about transportation, sustainability, concerns of our modern-day world, and the intrigue of the human condition.