On Friday, July 4, The Herald-Mail will not publish a newspaper, so that our employees can enjoy the Independence Day holiday with their families. As our readers watch one of the many local fireworks displays or eat a hot dog fresh off the grill, we urge them to reflect on the deeper meaning of this holiday.
More than 200 years ago, a group of farmers, tradespeople and craftsmen decided that getting free of the laws, rules and the lack of political representation mandated by an imperial power was a cause worth fighting and dying for. It is tough enough for an established country to fight a war; America had to do it with none of the powers governments use to raise money and enforce discipline during wartime. Those who fought on the colonies' side not only faced death on the battlefield, but the possibility that if England won the war, they would be executed as traitors.