With a bright and cheerful opening and a lyrical middle section, this piece celebrates the early years of the United States and the sacrifices that secured our freedom. Composed by Michael Hopkins, this piece will provide a patriotic flavor for any concert. With no shifting except in the basses this piece includes many opportunities for right hand development and work on dynamics. Some Hi third fingers are required in viola and violin and the cello part requires an extension. The ending is a return of the opening, but with a descending chromatic line in the cello and bass parts.