Like millions of Americans, on July 4th, I spent the evening with my family watching an impressive fireworks display within walking distance of my house. In fact, we were so close that pieces of the detonated fireworks landed on us. As I gazed into the sky admiring the various shapes and colors, two thoughts occupied my mind. First, I was grateful that I could still watch the fireworks display, despite my diminishing eyesight. Second, and more importantly, I pondered upon the reason for the fireworks: the birth of this great nation and the Declaration of Independence. Of the 56 signers, not one recanted or capitulated to pressure and nine made the ultimate sacrifice. They pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. What are you willing to pledge?