Vol. 2 Issue 5
Summer 2004


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In This Issue
  • Book signing parties
  • Patriotic Holidays for the Summer of 2004
  • Trivia Question
  • The Declaration of Independence

Come see Steve at one of these Book Signings:

Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Chandler, AZ
Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center (3111 W. Chandler Blvd., #2054) at 2 p.m.

Friday, July 2, 2004 Mount Vernon, VA
The Shops at Mount Vernon at 11:30 a.m

Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Washington D.C. area
This is the Place Bookstore, 10335 Kensington Parkway, Kensinton, MD from 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 3, 2004 Steve Speaks at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center
Washington D.C. Temple Visitor's Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Ave., Kensington, MD. 7 p.m.

Monday, July 5, 2004 in Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg Gift Shop, Duke of Gloucester Street at 2 p.m.

Patriotic Holidays for Summer of 2004
June 3 -- Jefferson Davis' Birthday (US Statesman)
June 6 --D-Day
June 8 -- Bill of Rights Anniversary
June 12 -- President George H. W. Bush's Birthday (41st President of the US)
June 14 -- Flag Day
June 14 -- Magna Carta Day
June 21 -- Martha Washington's Birthday (First Lady)
June 28 -- Monday Holiday Law Anniversary
July 1 -- Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary
July 1 -- First Postage Stamp Anniversay
July 4 -- Independence Day, USA
July 4 -- America the Beautiful Song published
July 4 -- President Calvin Coolidge's Birthday (30th President of the US)
July 6 -- President George W. Bush's Birthday (30th President of the US)
July 11 -- President John Quincy Adams' Birthday (6th President of the US)
July 14 -- President Gerald Ford's Birthday (38th President of the US)
August 1 -- Francis Scott Key's Birthday (writer US National Anthem)
August 2 -- Signing of the Delcaration of Independence Official Anniversary
August 10 -- President Herbert Hoovers's Birthday (31st President of the US)
August 19 -- President William Jefferson Clinton's Birthday (42nd President of the US)
August 20 -- PresidentBenjamin Harrison's Birthday (23rd President of the US)
August 27 -- President Lyndon Baines Johnson's Birthday (36th President of the US)

Trivia Question for the Summer of 2004
Who wrote the lyrics and who wrote the music to the song "America the Beautiful"? Was there a story behind it?

Trivia Question Answer

Answer: Coming in the Fall Issue of "Patriotic Salutes" newsletter. Watch for it.

The Declaration of Independence

July 4 is a highlight of the summer but unfortunately many see it as merely a day to play. But it is much more than that. On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest documents of all time, was approved – and because its words were inspired by God, it is truly a joyous occasion.

The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson in just 17 days, but even more amazing is that he wrote it without the use of any reference materials. Jefferson was well educated, having studied philosophy and law at the College of William and Mary. He was also a voracious reader, which is evident from his 1815 sale of more than 6,700 of his books to the Library of Congress. Being so well read, he was doubtlessly exposed to many ideas that influenced him while writing the Declaration of Independence.

However, he was also a deeply religious man, and the Declaration certainly reflects this. In the Declaration, there is an appeal to the “Supreme Judge of the world” and to “the laws of nature and nature’s God”. It concludes with these words: “And for 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.”

Understanding his circumstances just prior to writing the Declaration of Independence also helps us gain greater appreciation it. In September 1775 his second child, one-year-old Jane, died. His mother passed away six months later, and as a result of the grief from both tragedies, Jefferson was incapacitated by severe migraine headaches for several weeks and nearly missed his appointment with destiny. However, he overcame his sorrow and wrote the immortal document that gave birth to the United States of America .

Jefferson was not the only one who made sacrifices for the good of our nation. Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr. studied the lives of the Declaration’s signers and wrote,

“Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected of went back on his pledged word. Their Honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.”

As we celebrate this year, may we remember the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy and never take them for granted. May we also find strength to endure and triumph during trials like our Founding Fathers did. May we not only thank God for inspiring righteous men like Thomas Jefferson, but also recognize His hand in our own lives.

Steven W. Allen is author of “Founding Fathers – Uncommon Heroes”, which examines the lives of six Founding Fathers. (Ordering information in the sidebar on the right.)

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