Happy Birthday America!
Today, as I think about what the 4th of July means to me. I shall not allow myself to selfishly focus on such trivial things as cookouts, barbecues, hamburgers, hotdogs and fireworks. No, this special holiday is much too important.
Just think, it was 241 years ago when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. This amazing document was America’s first step in proclaiming our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, those freedoms declared by the Declaration, and ushered into fact by the Constitution, were secured at a terrible cost. The signers knew full well that the British army would sail across the Atlantic and descend upon their relatively defenseless colonies; much bloodshed awaited just one ocean away. Yet they signed the parchment and took their unrelenting stand to be free.
I recognize that freedom means different things to different people. But to maintain our freedom, we must all march in unison and be prepared to defend America at all costs. Benjamin Franklin warned us “Those who would trade freedom for security will soon find that they have lost both, and deserve neither.”
We also must never forget: Freedom isn’t free. Today, as I think of freedom, I consider it an honor to be able to pay a special tribute to those hundreds of thousands military personnel who paid a high price in blood and sweat so that we might remain free. Without these brave souls — many paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect our birthrights as American citizens — we would have no democratic process, nor would we have our freedom.
The Fourth is the day I shall fly the American flag. It is also the day I shall proudly wear the colors of our flag – red, white and blue.
Happy Birthday, America!