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July 4th, 2013
05:21 PM ET

On this Fourth of July, 'The Lead' salutes American heroes

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago today, the continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

Perhaps most famously declaring, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Lesser known is the last sentence in that document, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

There really are not that many of us who actually walk that walk, who truly pledge our lives and our sacred honor for this country, and for what it endeavors to represent – not just independence from Great Britain and King George III, but from the old order.

And yet every day we hear of those who do pledge their lives.
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