Many of you are preparing for a weekend that will be filled with time spent with family, friends and fireworks. The 4th of July is this country’s biggest hot dog holiday, so it’s understandable that this week your thoughts may be filled with grilling plans … but it’s my hope that you’ll also take time to ponder and appreciate the actions made over 200 years ago by our country’s founders. These actions are the very reason we come together every year to wear red, white and blue in a spirit of true patriotism and community. The celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence is among our country’s oldest traditions, and what a grand reason for celebration it is! The courageous vision of our forefathers who drafted the Constitution reminds us of the great country we are today.
Together, as Americans, we have overcome great obstacles – and that deepens our appreciation of the obstacles that the founding fathers faced. It wasn’t easy to create the incredible form of government that we take for granted today. American flags will be easy to spot this week, and this is a great time to educate younger generations about the history of the formation of our government, and the symbolic meaning behind the stars, stripes, and special treatment we give “Old Glory.”
As you finish out the week and begin your festivities, please recall the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With this in mind, I encourage you to celebrate our nation proudly.
May God bless you and your family this 4thof July weekend, and may God bless America.