Sheriff Seal: Enjoy your Fourth of July

Published 11:52 am Friday, July 1, 2022

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July 4 is such an important date for our nation. Two-hundred forty-six years ago, July 4, 1776, our nation’s Declaration of Independence was ratified. Four days later, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall was rung to summon citizens to gather as the new Declaration of Independence was read to them.

The Liberty Bell, so named because of the inscription from Leviticus 25:10 which is engraved upon it, was rung to proclaim liberty throughout the new nation. Those who were present heard encouraging words from the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, stating, “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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The crowd was likely enthralled as they heard the principles on which the new government, and their identity as Americans, are based.

These words ring true today as we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of this historic document. As citizens of Washington Parish, we are grateful for the privilege of living on our wonderful nation and state. What a blessing it is to salute our flag, recite our pledge of allegiance and reflect on the many privileges granted to us as citizens of our great nation.

Our parish citizens will celebrate this momentous holiday in various ways, from Bogalusa’s annual parade and fireworks display to special worship services at area churches on July 3 to give recognition to former and current members of our various branches of military. In addition, many persons will celebrate at area homes and parks with good food, fun and fellowship.

As we celebrate, let us be mindful of having a safe Fourth of July experience. Whether driving, boating, swimming, using fireworks, cooking on the grill or engaging in other activities, always be mindful of the safety of all who are present. Remember to never operate a motor vehicle or boat if you have consumed any amount of alcohol and to always provide adult supervision when children use fireworks.

It is my desire that each and every resident and visitor in our parish enjoys a fun and safe Fourth of July celebration. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be patrolling throughout the parish and are always available to assist you. We can be reached day and night at 985-839-3434.

Randy “Country” Seal is the sheriff for Washington Parish.