Happy Birthday America

… and happy birthday to one of the world’s greatest documents.

My wife and I have a simple tradition for celebrating the fourth: we set our clock radio to NPR and wake up to its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. It’s an inspiring way to start the day.

My favorite part? The concluding lines:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.