"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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," the Declaration of Independence begins. "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."
On this day, 235 years ago, America declared its independence from Great Britain. More than two centuries later, do you feel these words still ring true?
Patch wants to know, what does Independence Day mean to you? What American ideals do you hold dear? What do you think makes this country great?
As you reflect upon this holiday, tell us what does America and Independence Day mean for you?