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July 1, 2014

America needs its own traditions to cherish

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Tradition. It defines a culture and a nation.

England still has its monarch, with all the pomp and pageantry. The Vatican still is home to the pope. The Japanese still bow as they greet each other.

America is not without its traditions.

Thanksgiving is no doubt a first tradition. Christians were persecuted, fled to this new world and took time to stop and thank God for His blessings though they bore much hardship and loss of loved ones.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and is a national holiday. Many businesses are closed on Good Friday. At one time, nearly all business was closed on Sunday in Pennsylvania.

This year marks the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Within it are several references to God the Creator and ends, “With firm reliance on divine Providence, we pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

Each session of the Constitutional Convention was opened with prayer. During one session, members remarked how John Adams’ oratory was so moving as to have been “inspired by the divinity itself,” bringing tears to many eyes.

A foreign visitor might get the impression that America is traditionally a “Christian nation.”

Perhaps it is time for one more tradition. This year, why not take time to read the Declaration and Constitution? Why not read a portion aloud to our children or grandchildren before our picnic gatherings? Discuss the traditions that make America great and our families strong and better.

Life in America without tradition would be as shaky as a bowl of warm Jell-O. Lately, I that think bowl has been on the countertop too long.

Robert J. Miller

Rose Point Road

New Castle

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