When I think of “the 4th of July” I think of neighborhood bike parades, Rotary Club breakfasts, various city festivals, and time with the family. I also think fondly of the great neighbors I had growing up and how we would light our fireworks together. But over the last few years, I have made a conscience effort to stop thinking about this day as merely the 4th of July and to instead focus on it being our country’s Independence Day.
At this time in our country, there is once again a divide among our people and a feeling that patriotism is falling away. I wish there was one quote that I could share that would heal the divide and make everyone feel grateful and proud of their country, but I cannot. However, I can encourage everyone to take a few minutes to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America on this Independence Day. Hopefully as you read, you will feel the same rekindling of patriotism and motivation to see our great country move forward and forever be united as I do.
May God continue to bless this great country and preserve the freedoms and liberty it provides is my humble prayer for our country.
“The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also.
With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.”
- Abraham Lincoln (December 3, 1861 Message to Congress)