Our Freedom – What it really means

The Constitution of the United States
My photo above is from New York – New York Hotel & Casino Las Vegas – a good representation of the Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas

Freedom – How important is our freedom? What does our freedom really mean to us today? 

To really understand how important our freedom is, we must understand the sacrifices our founding fathers went through. 


Historically in North America, Canada and United States have both fought wars, for the right to preserve our freedom of rights and the Constitution. Americans used physical force in the War of 1812 ( the American Revolution ) against the British, as Canada used their political advantage by a process of uniting the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

The Constitution of Canada started as an agreement during the 1863 Treaty of Paris.

In this treaty, it stated France will freely give up the New France to Great Britain 🇬🇧. Even though the Dominion of Canada was the beginning to a new formed government of Canada, it really didn’t break the British monarchy until the Constitution Act of 1982, where Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made an agreement with Queen Elizabeth II, who signed the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982, in Ottawa on 17 April 1982. 

It was then the Charter of Rights and Freedoms legally came into effect. Before 1982 we were still under the grips of British laws.

Throughout history, United States and Canada have fought together, desperately to keep us free from radical ideology and dictatorship. 


United States of America and Canada are held closely together by the people of its nation, with strong values respecting freedom of our rights and a way of life. We both hold fast to our beliefs of freedom and what it stands for.  

That symbol isn’t more apparent then the Statue of Liberty in Liberty Island New York, NY. 

As quoted on the United States National Park Service website,”The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.” 

In Canada 🇨🇦 we too have a Monument of Freedom.

It not only is a display of freedom, but it also has a significant meaning to the sacrifice made by all Canadians who have died for our country.  

It’s called the National War Memorial, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

The symbol of Peace and Freedom is displayed on the top of the arch, featuring a Roman mythology to Demeter, along with a winged figure portrait, symbolizing the Greek goddesses Nike. In the middle of arch depicts the bronze sculpture of the Canadian men and women who have sacrificed their lives since WWI. On Remembrance Day, Canadians pay tribute in remembrance to our fallen military soldiers, who have protected us from harm, to ensure our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

Today’s freedom is shared across the world, with a formed United Nations laying out the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, covering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

AND – 

In Canada and United States, we are truly blessed to be able to work together in a peaceful goal towards a strong friendly relationship, striving forward to the betterment of mankind.  

Each hold us together towards our shared goal, the Liberty of Freedom. 

And this I hold true to my heart, as Liberty symbolizes the philosophy of free will, meaning everyone deserves the freedom of speech, the freedom of choice, the freedom to enjoy life, no matter your status, colour or race. 

I’m thankful for my freedom so little seen in this world today.  

Because of my freedom I’ve received a good education, a place to call home and a safe environment to raise my family. 

I’m grateful my country protects us from harm. 

The freedom of choice WOW! I never take this freedom lightly and I hope you never do either. 

I hope you will take the time to remember the sacrifices of the men and women on November 11, who have paid dearly to enable us to enjoy our freedom.

We all have a choice and voice to ensure the freedom we so enjoy.

Never ever take your freedom lightly. Always stand up for who or what you believe in, even if it means to rally a peaceful protest. Your ancestors expect it! They didn’t die for nothing, they died protecting our freedom. For God sakes ! Never let anyone or government ever take that right away from you. 

I’m not American, I am a proud Canadian, but I dearly hold close to my heart these words…WE THE PEOPLE… 

These three words expresses the power of the union of the people and what the people of the nation can do together! 

The Constitution of the United States goes like this : 

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Read more…

Very powerful statement. 

I also hold true to “In Flanders Fields” a poem written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, during WWI. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved: and now we lie

In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you, from failing hands, we throw

The torch: be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die,

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields

Our Freedom at a price.  Too much blood has been spilled to ignore the sacrifices.  Please respect and hold your freedom close to your heart. Without that freedom, we have nothing to stand for, as a country, a nation, or as a civilization.  

We Stand on Guard for Thee…

Never hide in fear and always fight for your freedom.  We aren’t robots, We are human beings.

By Bari Demers  – screenwriter and freelance writer

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