We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. The Declaration of Independence
June 7, 1776: Richard Henry Lee presented a resolution before the 2nd Continental Congress, 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.
June 11, 1776: The 2nd Continental Congress charged Thomas Jefferson, age 33, and 4 others with drafting a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. Though there was input from Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, Jefferson is recognized as principal author of The Declaration of Independence.
July 4, 1776: The 2nd Continental Congress officially adopted The Declaration of Independence, the eloquent expression of liberty, equality and democracy upon which the country was founded and the foremost statement of those ideals.
July 1, 2017: The Lake of the Woods Lioness Club celebrated the 50 years of our incredible community and the 241st birthday of our incredible nation.