American independence means something different to all of us

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We’ve had many ups and downs, but somehow we’ve come together and for the most part, have progressed towards that more perfect Union.

The road has been tougher for some than it has been for others.

Finally captured on October 5, 1877, a century after the Articles would initiate the founding of a new country — a shining city on a hill — Chief Joseph and his tribe would have to surrender. They were prisoners in the only land they ever knew.

We are a great country, even though we have not been perfect. As we remember the ideas and the values that helped form our union, it is important not to forget how many suffered during this democratic experience.

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