Let Freedom Ring
Independence Day is rooted in the celebration of our history and the founding principles that formed our young nation. Every year on the Fourth of July, we reflect on the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known, and the extraordinary conviction it took to declare ourselves a self-governing people 244 years ago.
Our Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence the belief that every man and woman possesses inherent dignity and “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” We must never stop fighting for these truths; because of them, we are able to emerge from the darkest days.
Though we face times of crisis, both past and present, we remain the greatest force for hope on earth. It is a hope that has brought men, women and children to our shores searching for a better life; it is a hope that rises with courage to emerge victorious; and it is a hope that still serves as a radiant beacon for the rest of the world. It is up to us to ensure that light never fades, but we must never forget that it also comes at a cost.
Throughout our history, millions have paid the ultimate price to protect the right of every American to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. It is an honor to represent thousands of soldiers and veterans who have put their neighbors above themselves in the fight for freedom. I salute these patriots, and their families, for selflessly answering the call to serve our country and preserve the guaranteed rights we possess today.
We are still a symbol of hope for the world after two and a half centuries, and it falls on our shoulders to keep writing the unfinished story of American freedom.
May God bless our great nation.