Host: We celebrate America’s greatness without denying its flaws. There are no perfect individuals, so there can certainly be no perfect country. Our national history has its share of shame. The greatest of these is the shame of slavery which existed at our founding, as it existed throughout the world at that time.
But let it never be forgotten that we fought a terrible civil war in which hundreds of thousands of Americans died. And the reason for that war was slavery.
Let it also not be forgotten that America has fought in more wars for the freedom of other peoples than any nation in history.
America’s history is one that we can be proud of.
Host holds up a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
We now close with one more ritual. Let each of us sign our names to the Declaration of Independence. While it is a replica of the one our founders signed, the words and sentiments are eternal.
Everyone present signs his name to the Declaration of Independence. As each one signs, the host hands each person the lyrics to “God Bless America.”
Host: Everyone sing with me.
Everyone sings (hopefully).
Host: Happy Birthday, America. Happy Fourth of July. Now let’s eat!
— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. He may be contacted through his website, dennisprager.com.