Winning Our Independence Required Vision and Muscle--with a Hearty Helping of Art

July 3, 2014 6:38 PM

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This weekend, people across the country will celebrate the founding of our nation with family, food, fireworks, and music, grateful we live in a country that embraces the freedoms articulated in our Declaration of Independence--the unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. We will honor, through parades and the display of our American Flag, the high price that was paid during the War of Independence by the men and women who risked their lives to found the United States of America--a price that is still being exacted from millions of service members, veterans, and their families today.

Many people might think the role of the arts in the founding of our country is placed squarely in the "Happiness" realm--but the link goes much deeper for our Founding Fathers, and even the U.S. military itself.

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