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July 2020

More Than Just Fireworks and Barbecues

What Independence Day Is to Me I have a lot of fond memories of the Fourth of July from when my kids were still young. Most years, we were camping — my wife, our six kids, and I crammed in our camping trailer somewhere in western Oregon. Our favorite Fourth of July destinations were Fort Stevens on the coast and the campgrounds just south of Mount Hood. But if we happened to be in town for the Fourth of July, we still had a great time. We would go along with the rest of our neighborhood, breaking every fireworks law from our backyard. As great as those memories are to me, Independence Day is so much more than camping and fireworks shows with the family. It’s a day to remember our victory over the tyranny of the British monarchy and to be thankful for the inalienable rights that our Founding Fathers declared were inherent to every human being. I may have a greater personal connection to that fight than most, considering I can trace my ancestry back to two soldiers who fought in the War of Independence. Morgan Young Jr. and his father, Morgan Young Sr., both fought against the British for our nation’s independence. Morgan Sr. immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland, and his son Morgan Jr. was born in Morris County, New Jersey. When Morgan Jr. was only 14 years old, he served as a water boy for Gen. Washington. He stayed with the American troops until

value and the government’s responsibility to protect that inherent value. As someone who practices law, I can appreciate it as a legal document. But as a descendant of someone who fought for the rights stipulated in that declaration, it’s much more than that. I have found that it’s common for most families to quit sharing the stories of their ancestors’ great accomplishments after a few generations. Maybe it’s because there’s pain in their family’s past as well, or maybe it’s because Americans are naturally a group of people who move forward into the future and don’t look back. Whatever the case, I won’t forget what that brave first generation of Americans did to earn all of us the freedom we enjoy today. In the midst of the fireworks, the barbecues, and the precious time with family and friends, I want to remember the real reason we celebrate. We celebrate our right to live freely, to speak freely, and to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. So, however you’re celebrating your Fourth of July, I want to truly wish all of you a happy Independence Day. “I want to remember the real reason we celebrate. We celebrate our right to live freely, to speak freely, and to pursue life, liberty, and happiness in whatever ways we see fit.”

the clothes rotted off his back and he went home — but only temporarily. He came back as a soldier and ended up crossing the Delaware with George Washington to ambush the Hessians. He lived to be 97 years old before passing away in LaGrange County, Indiana, where he’s now buried. It’s because of that familial connection, and because I work as an attorney, that the Declaration of Independence still makes me tear up a little whenever I read it. It really is an incredible document about mankind’s inherent

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