Fireworks of Great Independence & Diversity
The progress of independence has been met with fireworks. The complexity of each nation, Canada and USA, who celebrate independence on July 1st and July 4th, had become more pronounced in recent years.
The social issues have been in the news. The treatment of indigenous people, those of different backgrounds and inclinations, the convoy of truckers, the deadly shooting in Texas and other states, the protests and and anger over Roe v. Wade have hijacked the holiday weekend celebrations.
Canada has grappled with a string of anti-Muslim attacks. It’s also discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Native children.
This is the 155th anniversary of Canada’s independence. Canada flew the British Union Jack until 1964 when the Canadian Maple Leaf flag was introduced.
This July 4, 2022, marks the 246th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. During the summer of the 13 colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia and claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.
July 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C
“Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” General MacArthur
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” FD Roosevelt
“May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” Sgt Major Bill Paxton
“The legacy of heroes—the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.” Benjamin Disraeli
“I think that Canada is one of the most impressive countries in the world, the way it has managed a diverse population, a migrant economy. The natural beauty of Canada is extraordinary. Obviously there is enormous kinship between the United States and Canada, and the ties that bind our two countries together are things that are very important to us.” Barack Obama
“There are no closer friends that we have than the Canadians. And we share values, we share culture. The ties between our people are extraordinary. We are NATO Allies, and across the board, our interests align.” Barack Obama
A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values.”
— Pierre Trudeau
As Chief Legacy Officer you build your legacy like a country based on value you create and values you uphold.