I'm late with this post celebrating Independence Day because I've been out enjoying the day with thousands of other Americans. This is a great day for celebration, but the name is a misnomer. We may have declared our independence on July 4, 1776, but it took eight years of war to make the declaration a reality. The signing of the Declaration was a commitment of colossal proportions. There was no turning back. The colonists now had to defeat the greatest empire in the history of the world, or they would be most probably executed, but undoubtedly ruined. Our Founders believed liberty was worth any risk. We should all take a moment today to thank them for our great country.