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Beat the drum and sound the fife, for it is another Fourth of July.

As with most holidays, it is a time for commemoration, as well as a day for recreation, family gatherings and a variety of festivities.

In our revelry, though, KSL believes it is good to be reminded of the whys and wherefores of this national Independence Day. Foremost is our recollection of the extraordinary document, authored by Thomas Jefferson and signed this day in 1776 by 56 brave men.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” they declared. “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; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Timeless words with eternal value. KSL hopes you’ll contemplate them, if only momentarily, on this Fourth of July.

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