Happy 4th of July! We celebrate our country’s Independence Day. Of course, it’s one of the “big three” holidays of the summer, along with Memorial Day and Labor Day, July 4th marks the midpoint of our summer. So while we celebrate with cook outs and summer sales, taking long weekends to relax at home, or catching up on chores or “honey do’s”, let’s not forget the tremendous sacrifice of those that enabled the creation of this great country. We revere the names of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Paine, Hamilton, and on. Theirs was the great sacrifice and vision that made this great country possible.
The founding fathers wisely crafted a constitution that would provide us with the parameters to keep our republic strong and intact. Our nation has endured like no other for more than 200 years. The United States of America is the beacon of hope for all those that yearn to be free.
But we must not rest on our laurels. Though our war for independence may have ended in 1783 according to the history books, the fight for freedom never ends. There are those today that would gladly see our nation fall. They are opposed to everything we as a people stand for and represent. They are not interested in negotiation, compromise or treaty. That wake-up call came on September 11, 2001.
Today, the best of our youth man a post, guarding the freedom that was so hard won that this July 4th holiday represents. Now more than ever, we must realize that even though our revolution may have been won over 200 years ago, our freedom, our nation, our ideals, must always be defended.
We cannot fail. Those that oppose us are not interested in compromise. Therefore, compromise is not an option. What the United States of America stands for is precious. We must protect the ideals defined in our constitution. Our constitution is what makes us great. There is no other country like us. Be proud of us. We are the beacon. We are freedom.