While we spend the week lighting off fireworks, grilling, enjoying time off and generally doing all thing American, take a minute to pause and remember the moral and physical courage demonstrated so long ago by our Founding Fathers as they gathered on this date to declare their independence from England and began the journey that we’re still traveling today.
It’s not always easy to do what must be done. It’s not always enough to play it safe. Sometimes we have to take the road that is not only less traveled by also the road that is most dangerous and entails more risk.
We have a great deal to live up to in America, and an ideal that is worth protecting from any enemy, whether foreign or domestic. We have to have the courage to do that, regardless of how difficult it might be at times. And sometimes it is difficult.
So enjoy the holiday. Enjoy time with family, eating, drinking, making merry, sleeping in, staying up late, all those things that we’ve come to associate with a week long celebration.
But don’t forget why we’re celebrating. Don’t forget the men and women who are this very day making it possible. And don’t forget the courage of men and women throughout history who have shaped this nation. Who had the moral and physical courage to stand and deliver when it counted.
Please have a safe and fun filled holiday!