When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.

Sound familiar? We remember reciting these lines and more from the Declaration of Independence in the same elementary schools where we stood to salute the American Flag every morning. Back then, we learned the words alongside the history of our founding fathers—but it’s often not until later in life that we begin to recognize the significance of such an act.

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By declaring independence from Great Britain, America set a global standard for liberty—one that remains relevant and continues to challenge the U.S. and other nations to be better stewards of power. It incited the Revolutionary War and paved the way for our Constitution. On this 4th of July, we pay tribute to the landmark declaration that changed the path of our country’s history—a patriotic legacy that now extends to our Veterans and the freedom for which our service members fight.

We are grateful for this “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.” VA Careers wishes you a very safe and happy 4th of July!

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