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Holiday amnesia

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

This July reminded us once again that our most important national holiday is Independence Day.

Yet every year its name and its purpose are buried ever deeper under "The Fourth of July" or "The Fourth." A recent survey showed that between 30 percent and 40 percent of high school graduates do not even know against whom the colonies fought in the War for Independence (the Revolutionary War)! How we observe now is a sale on everything from hamburgers to used cars!

Around the globe, dozens of nations celebrate their independence with a day designated for that purpose. Our nation is losing its memory, appreciation and its joy for the gift of gaining our independence.

JAMES A. FISHER
Squirrel Hill

 

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