On Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of our United States of America as a free country. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence, declaring the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain rule.

After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a ‘Committee of Five’ including Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we also celebrate and thank those who have served this country and fought to keep it free.

We honor your service.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

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Published on Jul. 4, 2017

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