A 4th of July Tribute to my Dad

A 31 year career as a journalist for The Denver Post gave my dad a chance to write many fine columns and articles. He liked highlighting holidays and people as he did 40 years ago with this award winning piece that I proudly post once again this year. Thanks, Dad,  for giving me some of my writing ability.

July 4, 1973: Will We Pledge Our Lives, Fortunes, Honor?

THEIR AGES averaged about 44. Their occupations were similar to members of the modern Colorado Legislature: 23 lawyers, 11 planters and farmers, 9 merchants and an assortment of other occupations.

Their educations ranged from self-taught to Harvard and the University of Edinburgh.

They were signers on July 4, 1776 of one of history’s most remarkable documents—the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence has weathered all attacks. It has outlived wars, civil unrest and court challenges. Meeting the test of a great document, its contents grow in stature with the passage of the years.

On this Independence Day of 1973, the mastery of language and purpose of the declaration deserve some repeating:

“When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

SEARCH THE WORLD for better words for women and men to live by; you will not find them if you believe in freedom.

Today, the old-fashioned Fourth of July with fireworks and the band in the town square is history. There is still a place for some old-fashioned flag waving when you consider the courage of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as expressed in the document’s conclusion:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

ARE WE PREPARED to pledge as much on July 4, 1973?

Editorial’s author, Robert Pattridge, is editor of The Denver Post editorial page.

Post Editorial Editor On 1973 Awards List

Robert Pattridge, editor of The Denver Post’s editorial page, is one of 40 Colorado individuals and groups to receive the 1973 awards of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa.

Pattridge received the award for his editorial,, “July 4, 1973; Will We Pledge Our Lives, Fortune, Honor?” The editorial is reproduced above.

The George Washington Honor Medal award in advertising will be presented to May-D&F Department Stores for their ad campaign, “Liberty Has Restraints But No Frontiers.”

Movie actor John Wayne and other national award winners will be honored Monday at a ceremony at the Valley Forge Military Academy.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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