Washington, D.C. – There’s a deep sense of freedom that preserves the beauty of our country and adds to our collective strength. On Independence Day, we honor the sacrifice, vision, and dedication of our founders, who believed so strongly in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This week as we celebrate 243 years of our Nation, take time to remember the ideas that motivated our Founding Fathers and compelled them to put everything on the line – their honor, fortunes, and lives – in order to live by the principles they valued above all else.
In times like these when every facet of our daily lives can seem divisive and controversial, it’s important to recall what unites us as Americans. For Flag Day, just a few weeks ago, I visited Georgia’s smallest incorporated city – Edgehill. This town of only 24 just raised a brand new flagpole in front of its city hall, and to celebrate, nearly every single citizen of this community came together to honor this symbol of everything we hold dear. It’s in areas like this one that our American values become especially apparent. These residents come together and stand ready to help each other even at a moment’s notice. They rely on each other and donate the time and resources necessary to make their home what they want it to be.
We live in the greatest country the world has ever known. And though we’ve been through tough times – wars, civil unrest, economic turbulence, natural disasters, terrorism – we’ve always landed on our feet. That’s what great countries do. That’s what Americans do.
We are blessed with a great land, economic prosperity and opportunity, a Constitution dedicated to protecting our rights, and unrivaled success, but our greatest resource remains our people – the educators and innovators, the risk takers and entrepreneurs, the caregivers and humanitarians, the first responders and civil servants, and especially the men and women in uniform who willingly and courageously serve and protect our American freedoms.
As we watch fireworks or join friends and families for backyard barbecues, we must remember the sacrifices made and lives lost in order to create and preserve our way of life. And we must remember that this great country depends on people like you and me to do our part to ensure that this great Nation survives for another 243 years and beyond.
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