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    Happy Independence Day!

    Almost 250 years ago, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to establish their voice, freedoms, and rights that they were denied by their monarchy. This week, we celebrate our country’s national holiday by reiterating the beautiful words Thomas Jefferson wrote those many years ago:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    Out of these words, the United States of America was born. As we celebrate, let us never forget the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Our country may only be 242 years old, but we have gone further than any country in history those aspirations of freedom. Even though this past year has seen many ups and downs, and partisan politics has been at its worse, Independence Day, and what our country stands for, is something that we should all celebrate together as one nation, under God. Why? Because we undeniably live in the greatest country on this earth.

    “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

    I wish you all a very happy holiday, with the hope that your hearts are filled with love for America and its sacred ideals!