Americans have fought for freedom from the start
The 4th of July is a celebration of all that the United States of America is, and all that it can be. Our country was born out of the desire to create a government that worked for the freedom of its citizens, providing them with the ability to choose their own path – their American Dream. I have traveled the world in the name of the United States of America during my service in the army, and I can say without a shred of doubt that we are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth.
Americans began the successful fight for freedom on July 4, 1776, and we have not stopped defending democracy since. Whether it is crossing the Delaware on a cold winter's night, storming the beaches of Normandy or charging into the Twin Towers with the sole focus of saving a life, Americans are the first to stand up and fight the good fight. Through trials and tribulations America continues to be a beacon of hope around the world.
Freedom is what our country was founded on, and freedom is what we celebrate on Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence and freedom for the 13 colonies, setting them on a road to a revolution for the sake of the people. Today, the word patriot is sometimes used flippantly, but the men and women who took a stand for a country they believed in before it even existed are the true example of patriots.
Throughout our history, brave Americans have kept our country safe and our ideals strong. Today, we continue the fight to protect the freedoms our founding fathers gave us, and we celebrate the bravery of those who are out on the frontlines right now keeping our country safe from those who wish to do us harm. The only difference between an American soldier fighting in 1776 and a soldier today is the technology. The bravery, passion, dedication and purpose still resonate soundly within every soldier who proudly wears the American flag, and they fight for the values written out in our constitution. I have fought alongside some of the bravest men and women this country has to offer, and I can attest that the American flag is represented magnificently.
This Independence Day, I urge you to hug your family a little tighter, laugh a little louder and enjoy every minute of the 4th of July knowing that Americans will always be there defending freedom and fighting for the defenseless. Countless brave men and women, many Hoosiers among them, have paid the ultimate sacrifice for what we have today, and we can never take that for granted. As long as we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we will not perish from the earth.