Did You Celebrate National Freedom Day?

When you visit 4Patriots.com, what is the first thing you notice?

It's probably our company's motto, just to the left of the 4Patriots logo. It reads: "We Champion Freedom and Self-Reliance." You've probably heard us mention that phrase many times.

This has been our mantra since day one. Our mission – to help you become more self-reliant – is something we take very seriously. It's baked into everything we do and say. And it's reflected in all of our products.

That's part of the reason we're so glad to celebrate National Freedom Day today.

Official Designation in 1948

This special day was first officially designated in 1949. Congress had passed a bill in 1947 to make February 1 National Freedom Day. And President Harry Truman signed it into law in the summer of 1948.

Why February 1? That was the 1865 date when President Abraham Lincoln signed a House and Senate resolution abolishing slavery. Later it was ratified as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 13th Amendment reads like this. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States. Or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Previously, Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. To make it permanent, however, required a constitutional amendment.

'All Members of the Human Family'

Here's just a portion of the wording of the law signed by Truman in 1948.

"Whereas, near the end of the tragic conflict between the Northern and Southern States, the Congress adopted a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution which would outlaw slavery in the United States and in every place subject to its jurisdiction.

"Whereas that Amendment is a cornerstone in the foundation of our American traditions, and the signing of the resolution is a landmark in the Nation's effort to fulfill the principles of freedom and justice proclaimed in the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

"Whereas the Government and people of the United States wholeheartedly support… that recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."

Wright Carries the Torch

Credited with the idea for National Freedom Day was Major Richard Robert Wright. He had been born into slavery and was freed following the Civil War.

Wright wore many hats. He was a military officer, educator and college president. Plus a politician, civil rights advocate and banking entrepreneur.

He was the highest-ranking African-American officer in the Spanish-American War. And the first to serve as a U.S. Army paymaster.

Wright invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He wished to plan this day as an annual reminder of America's promise to grant freedom to everyone.

Ringing the Bell of Freedom

There have been many efforts through the centuries to ensure freedom for all Americans. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. As schoolchildren, most of us learned these words written by Thomas Jefferson.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights."

Four days later, the Liberty Bell chimed for the first time. From the tower of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Here's how the Bell's inscription reads. "Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof."

In December 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. These first 10 Amendments to the Constitution promised individual civil rights and liberties.

And in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act. It prohibited the segregation of public and private spaces. And discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin or religion.

Still Celebrated Today

Americans still celebrate National Freedom Day. More than 170 years after its designation. A number of towns and cities hold festivals honoring the day.

A tradition for many years on February 1 has been the laying of a wreath at the Liberty Bell.

Some people choose to silently reflect on the freedoms we often take for granted in America. Thinking about our freedoms keeps us rooted in what is important about our country.

Those freedoms include speech and religion. This is an important part of what distinguishes America from many other countries.

Ways to Celebrate National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is today. But there's no reason we can't celebrate our freedoms as Americans every day of the year.

We can express which freedoms we most appreciate on social media. And encourage friends and followers to do the same.

We can read a Civil War history or the biography of an individual who made it their life goal to champion freedom.

We could start a discussion group. And share ideas about how we can ensure the freedoms we possess are not taken away.

Whichever way we choose to celebrate National Freedom Day, appreciation is the key. I would encourage you to carry that spirit of thankfulness with you throughout the year.


  • rod folen - February 02, 2022

    Our right to keep and bear arms is also an absolute in the keeping of American liberty, and must be kept unfettered by the machinations of tyrannical government! Signed, Rod, a patriot.

  • Reta Muasau - February 02, 2022

    I read all your emails and always enjoy them but this post is a real gem. Thank you for reminding us! I appreciate your words and products. You’re making a difference.

  • Leland Roth - February 01, 2022

    From rays….


    “Spent most of the day hanging out and watching mainstream media but had to quit. Its like the world I live in does not exist at all on channels like CBS and NBC and ABC.
    No such thing as bad vaccine reactions or a massive truckers blockade exist in that world where Dr. Fauci and the Pope have already been canonized as Saints and Justin Castro is Canada’s national hero not just a leader.
    The FDA and CDC are bastions of truth and science not money making organizations the have totally screwed up with weak and dangerous vaccines they want forced upon the public that will probably cause more millions more cancer deaths further down the road for many of the multi jabbed .
    I have to look at mainstream once in a while just see why people think so many out and out lies are facts and see what a blatant propaganda mill devoid of the most important facts that most mainstream news has become.
    Half of the internet is lies but the truth is also out there. The mainstream has all the fiction too but only perhaps 10% of the truth remains any more. The mainstream even lies about the local weather reports if the news can cost their advertisers any money like before an outdoor sports event.
    The mainstream news is ad propaganda not facts and we have no real government left except the corporations that own the media.
    Why doe the mainstream news seem to hate the middle class ?
    Perhaps because only those too poor to have internet access watch it any more is my guess.
    Are same race marriages and non gays now even allowed on TV ?
    From all the goofy ads I now see it looks to me only the queerest of queers are now allowed in that new ad world of he/shes and trannys.
    It just seems to me like there is a concentrated war on what used to be normal in that odious cesspool that is mainstream television.
    Only the cartoons show any cultural truths and they get censored a lot too.
    I still miss when Popeye and Bluto would wale the crap out of each other over a skinny weird broad like Olive Oyl !
    Yet we have the goofy perversion of cartoons like Family Guy that are somehow OK to watch instead on Sunday nights.
    I watch it all but miss the old Popeye stuff and wish the old Hal Roach Little Rascals stuff was back on TV=
    free Buckwheat & Alfalfa !
    Censorship is for children and they get propaganda to hate their family, their sex and any form of free thought pushed on them by who ?
    The advertisers. Take note of the ones that sponsor the medias worst crap and boycott them. Also pay cash on Fridays to keep the idea of cash from those that want to control cash flow via digital currency only. Fight the power , be aware and practice politics by not always using digital transactions.
    Writing a check instead of using credit cards will help too and if you mail the check as it helps keep the Post Office open and I for one do NOT want a private postal system ever.
    The vaccine war will end tomorrow if all people were told what the people of Denmark just got told about how USELESS & DANGEROUS and INEFFECTIVE those masks and jabs really are.” rays stoty

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