By Robert Beckman
There’s a wonderful story from our country’s history I feel everyone should know. Let’s go back to July 3, 1826. On that day, two men were both lying on their deathbeds. One was in Quincy, Mass., the other in Monticello. The first was John Adams, 90 years old. The other was Thomas Jefferson, 83.
When Adams and Jefferson first met in 1775, it was as delegates to the Continental Congress. They had similar views and quickly became friends. When Congress ordered a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence, both men were on it. John Adams was the initial choice to be its author, but Adams told Jefferson:
Beckman, of Blacksburg, is a retired United States foreign service officer. His most recent overseas assignments were in Karachi, Pakistan and Sanaa, Yemen.