July 4th, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a US holiday, celebrating America’s Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, recognizing the emergence of a “free nation,” independent of the rule of the Kingdom of Great Britain. People tend to forget the sacrifice made to obtain this freedom, and the holiday is generally reduced to fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. The more serious minded tend to lament over the loss of constitutional freedom, and other more somber issues which are often noted in various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is also the national day of the United States.

Another holiday, not so broadly noted, and lacking in an official national stamp of approval is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Originating in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. The National Black Prolife Coalition celebrated Juneteenth 2012 with the launch of our new book LIFE AT ALL COSTS.

These two noted holidays remind us that freedom is hard won, and is truly never “free.” People fight and die for freedom. Today, there is still a battle for liberty being waged. The battle is being fought in the wombs of women, in the lives of the sick and elderly. Abortion and euthanasia still hold American’s captive. Procreative marriage and the family are also under siege. You can read about this in the new King for America book FROM STUMBLING BLOCKS OT BUILDING BLOCKS.

In closing, let me wish you a very Happy Independence Day, and remind you to pray for the babies and the least of these.

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