Let Freedom Ring

Posted 6/30/2014

Dateline July 4th, 1776. It had been a busy month. In June, the Virginia delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Richard Henry Lee had proposed that “…these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." From those words, the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The 13 colonies voted to accept it on July 2nd and finally, with edits and copies made, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed his…well, “John Hancock” to the document that would ultimately create a democratic government unlike any the world had known. 

Patriotism is not so much a choice as it is a right, a privilege and a responsibility. We may not like what members of our government are doing at any given time, and we may feel the current political process has bogged down into rhetoric and lies most of the time, but it is an undeniable fact that the colonists who fought against the British from 1775 to 1783 were upholding not only their right to freedom, but ours as well. It is our responsibility to ensure our children and our children’s children realize it is the hard-fought battles in one’s life that makes life worth living.


At The Barber Den, we proudly display the American flag out front, and our walls honor those who have served in both peace time and war. The only difference between our 18th century patriots and those of today would be the length of hair. High and tights have taken the place of powdered wigs!