A Declaration of Independence

A Happy Fourth of July to those of you in the United States of America.

Marcus Brotherton, who has does much research and written several books about the Band of Brothers of WWII, and who has written before for AoM as well as doing our very first podcast with us, has written a modern day Declaration of Independence, inspired by the men of Easy Company:

A Declaration of Independence

I declare independence.

It’s not an independence rooted in irresponsibility, cowardly power, or maliciousness toward others.

I don’t want to burn the flag, overturn police cars at demonstrations, or smash windows at protests.

I don’t insist on doing whatever I want whenever I want.

Yet I declare independence.

It’s an independence from tyranny, an independence of self-determination, an independence to make something of my life.

It’s an independence that defines itself by reaching beyond myself to live an extraordinary life.

I am independent to be a leader in my commitments, to provide security for my family, to be noble in my career and community, and to be engaged on a global front.

It’s an independence to make deliberate decisions for right actions.

I declare independence.

My name goes here: _________________________________________________

Inspired by the men of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, the original Band of Brothers

A Company of Heroes—

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Emmy July 4, 2010 at 4:39 am

Happy 4th July everyone. Have a good day =)

The poem.. Slightly idealistic isn’t it..? Especially politicising an Army unit..

Surely Independence Day is about following personal beliefs on freedom, not echoing the statements of others or in turn preaching to them. Poor show.

kim luoma July 4, 2010 at 5:10 am

Emmy it does start with the belief in our system to be able to express our thoughts so we can thank them first for this earned right. Who argues against individual freedom? It can also occur with the beliefs they jointly choose to adopt and share. Thankfully, one was service above self.

David Vazquez July 4, 2010 at 6:58 am

Very poignant and well-said. Thank you for this today! Happy Independence Day to you all!

Gerard July 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

I “signed my name” by posting it on my blog. It reminded me of the manvotional, “Wanted–A Man”: to have put your signature to no paper to which the purest angel in heaven might not have been an attesting witness. I’ll do my damnedest to live up to my declaration. Happy Independence Day all!

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