Declaration of Endurance

by Paul Wilson


On July 4th 1776 a ragtag group, whom we respectfully refer to as our founding fathers, declared independence from Great Britain, the largest political and geographical power the world has ever known. Our founding fathers represented the small and unorganized 13 American colonies who were diverse in their beliefs and their allegiances. However, they had one common goal and that was to gain freedom to govern themselves.

This statement of independence, or what would be known throughout American history as The Declaration of Independence, came six years before the end of the American Revolutionary War. It was the winning of the Revolutionary War that made the Declaration of Independence  a reality.

Achieving the final goal of independence from Britain was fraught with mistakes and over-calculations. However, what was more important than the Declaration of Independence was America’s Declaration of Endurance. This declaration was created without pomp and celebration, and persisted throughout the colonies as an unwritten code.

Without the Declaration of Endurance written upon the hearts of our founding fathers, the Declaration of Independence would be an insignificant document that held no meaning in the final outcome. It was the notion to persevere at all cost that made it possible to create the United States as we now know it.

The Commander and Chief of the Continental Army which won the Revolutionary War and the first American President, George Washington, stated the importance of endurance:

“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.”

In our modern lives many of us have never had to undergo the endurance witnessed by those who secured independence for our nation. However, our challenges require the same dedication to endurance if we are to achieve anything of worth in our lives. We must be willing to continually push with our all in order to stand in the ranks of history of those who have achieved great feats.

If you study the American Revolutionary War you will know that many colonist gave up and went home. That it was not uncommon to have scores of Continental soldiers plague the army with complaints and at times raise mutinous cries.

However, there were also many who sacrificed much without complaint and others who in the end gave the ultimate price of their enduring blood for the sacred cause of independence. These individuals are those who understood that their cause was greater than their problems. It is these individuals that we must forever thank for providing a declaration of endurance so that we, the future generations of America, could benefit from the Declaration of Independence.

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