For many Americans accustomed to freedoms automatically attained through birthright or citizenship, it is sometimes easy to take those rights for granted.

In 1776, the estimated number of persons living in the United States was approximately 2.5 million. Today approximately 316.2 million Americans will have the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is difficult to fathom that the Declaration of Independence was signed by our forefathers only 237 years ago.

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