Independence Day thoughts

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to Valley News Independence Day is traditionally a time to go to the beach, have backyard barbecues and close out the day watching fireworks. But this year, the celebrations won’t be as widespread, the beaches will be much less crowded. The limited July Fourth activities may be appropriate since it provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what the day is really about. Two hundred forty-four years ago, a group of agricultural colonies with a population of less than 3 million, scattered along the coast from Canada to Florida, with no army or navy, decided to declare its independence and take on the world’s greatest empire. Victory was improbable, but miraculously, the colonists won. They wrote a Constitution that enshrined the visionary
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