On Independence Day

“Independence is declared; it must be maintained.” – Sam Houston, American politician (1793–1863)

Today is July 4th, our Independence Day, a national holiday intended to celebrate America as Americans. Not as Republicans. Not as Democrats. Not as any political party, race, religion, affiliation or organization. This is a day of pride and patriotism, not pundits and politics. It’s a day of celebration and commemoration, a historic event marking the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and remembering the thirteen colonies that claimed their independence from England.

From 1776 to the present day, the Fourth of July has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. And while this holiday has become a fun-filled day of cookouts, picnics, concerts, flags and fireworks, most importantly, it’s a time for us to give thanks for our rights and our liberties. It’s a time for people in the United States to come together and celebrate the values upon which our country was founded.

But our independence should not just be simply affirmed or declared, as Sam Houston stated. Our independence must be maintained. It must be preserved and sustained. And, as Americans, we should continue to recognize and honor the values on which our country was built. That’s why we stand up for our rights. That’s why we fight for our freedom. That’s why we support our Constitution. And that’s why we refuse to watch our 2nd Amendment right be chipped away … or infringed.

As all of us Americans spend time with our families, friends and coworkers, contemplating and solemnizing July 4th with Founding Father John Adams’ predicted “[shows], games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other,” I sincerely hope you will choose to remember this part of our history … and this part of our future. The spirit of Independence Day is not only about the United States officially becoming a country, it’s about the United States firmly remaining a country — a strong nation with a strong foundation that will never be replaced or forgotten.

I am proud to remember, honor and celebrate our great nation’s founding with you. And I sincerely wish you a happy (and safe) Independence Day.

Related: The Declaration of Independence: When Was The Last Time You Read This?

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