All men are created equal
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“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.” In the Declaration of Independence, the order of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, are very important. If I do not value life, then liberty has no meaning. If I do not have liberty, I cannot pursue happiness. As we honor veterans this week, we are reminded of the many lives that were given so that we can have liberty and pursue happiness. Every person who has served our nation in defending our freedom has laid down their lives for us. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, then to lay down one’s life for his friends.” When Jesus laid down his life on Calvary‘s Cross, it showed the great price of our freedom. Freedom has always come with a high price tag. As a people, we honor the brave men and women who fought for us by living lives worthy of their sacrifice.
My grandmother, Hazel Hancock, wrote beautiful poetry. She passed this gift down to my mom. My mom wrote a poem in elementary school that sums up what I’m trying to say.
“Honor all glory with truth, and God will deny her enemies, and He will judge us worthy her banner to uphold. Pray with all your faith and might for God to purge and keep Old Glory’s colors pure and bright. Then on His mighty wings of love, she will gracefully soar loftily above our beloved homeland, safely and freely forever more. Do not forget to revere the brave and honorable dead, who with courage bled, giving their ultimate in Old Glory’s stead.” -Lula Hancock King