In 1776, the flag and Army were already one year old, both coming into existence June 14th, 1775.
But on July 4th, 1776, we finally found the words that could articulate why we would now chose to use that Army and that rally around that flag.
Prepare, prepare, prepare for action. Let your enemy know that you are prepared to take action. Tell the world why you must certainly will fight.
It took seven years to win the victory. It took over a decade of a very imperfect Confederation before we formed a federal Constitutional government. And maybe, maybe we aren't perfected yet!
But we know what we want to become, and with God's help we'll get closer each passing year.
Prepare, prepare, prepare for action. Articulate our cause. And then when our enemies will not listen to reason and will not let us live in peace and security, then we will fight!
And rest assured that we will win, for that is the legacy of our Fourth of July, 1776.
God bless our patriot traditions, and our American resolve.