National Freedom Day is today! Celebrate it!
According to americaslibrary.gov National Freedom Day is defined as:
“[t]he purpose of this holiday is to promote good feelings, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens and to remember that the United States is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom. Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave, fought to have a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. When Wright got his freedom, he went on to become a successful businessman and community leader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Major Wright chose February 1 as National Freedom Day because it was the day in 1865 that President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution…. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States. Wright gathered national and local leaders together to write a bill declaring February 1 ‘National Freedom Day’ and President Harry Truman signed the bill in 1948 making it official.”
What does “freedom” mean to you? Is it simply a word, or does it hold a deeper meaning? The word gets thrown around a lot, is it safe to assume at times, we take advantage of the freedoms we do have? There are many who wish for “freedom” in many different ways. So take a moment or two today to really reflect on the freedom that you hold as an individual and in society. Maybe think about what you could do with your freedom that could help the world.
In the past people have used freedom to move and change the world. Whether the impact was great or small, it had some sort of impact. It left a dent in the life of someone; a seed of change. We all have the ability to start a new band of freedom and change… we may be one person in this BIG world, but if we all take baby steps we can bring this world to great new places!
Respect, honor, and believe in your Freedom. It holds more power than you know.