Two hundred forty-one years ago, a group of brave patriots signed a document that became one of the greatest in the history of political liberty.
Shortly after the signing, John Adams wrote to his wife, telling her that this day should be celebrated forever onward – with parades, with games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, “from one end of this continent to the other.”
I thank them – these men who had the courage to risk their lives, their fortunes, and their honor to set us free. I also thank all the brave men and women who have served and are serving in our U.S. Military.
And… I thank those politicians who believe in America and who stand up for individual freedom. They have strong opposition from those who would destroy it.
Without all of them, we would not be “the land of the free.” You and I would not be free to pursue the careers that we love, and none of us would be free to live where and how we choose.
Today, stop a moment to remember WHY we celebrate this day, and to feel gratitude for our Founding Fathers and for every other man and woman who has defended our liberties these past 241 years.
Perhaps you are one of those individuals. If so, you have my heartfelt thanks.
I hope you enjoy the parades, the fun, the fireworks, and the backyard barbecues with friends and family. As you do, smile in the knowledge that you are doing just as John Adams hoped you would!
Happy Independence Day!
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