Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with constituents at the Pie Pan. As you walk in the door, a table sits arranged to remember the Unknown Soldiers. The next day, running errands for school, I came upon a veteran with whom I had an extended conversation about the importance and symbolism of the U.S. flag. Not less than 15 minutes later, I had the pleasure, while waiting on lunch, of talking to another veteran expressing his pride and service with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
The vision that our founding fathers had for our nation always has been to preserve the precious values of freedom and liberty. I can see the symbolism of this freedom proudly displayed throughout our community on homes and businesses. These patriotic themes and the flag of the U.S. is a symbol of the struggle many go through every day to preserve that freedom.
Due to the courage and valor of the brave men and women who have helped build this country, we have achieved greatness by recognizing the unalienable rights of not only Americans, but people in every continent across the globe. Our most precious freedoms need not only be preserved domestically, but shared globally.
Freedom is what our nation was founded on, and we celebrate our liberation every Independence Day on July 4th. In 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming independence and freedom for the 13 colonies. This act set our country on a revolutionary road. Our founding fathers realized the unheralded potential that embodied the American spirit, and from this grew a nation that is the most revered and prosperous nation in the world.
Over America’s 238 year history, we have fought to preserve those basic freedoms for ourselves. We have also sacrificed blood and treasure to break the heavy chains of tyranny and oppression in other lands, so that people can share in the freedom we hold so dear.
As we celebrate the holiday this year, keep in mind that the Fourth of July is not just a birthday. It is not just a celebration of the physical location in which we call home. The Fourth of July is a celebration of the values of freedom and liberty that make America unique and exceptional in its place among the nations.
Our nation is so much more than a set of borders. It is a dream and it is a purpose. As the next 238 years of American history is written, it is my most sincere hope that we continue our proud heritage and identity as a symbol of freedom that shines brightly for all to see.
Our future holds many challenges that will test the resolve of the American people. However, I have faith that the experiences of the past will help us overcome today’s trials. As you enjoy the warm weather with friends and family this Fourth of July, please take a moment to pay tribute to those that continue to secure our borders and celebrate their bravery to keep our country free. Also take the time to notice what remains a constant in our community, grand displays of patriotism that occur every day. Let Freedom Ring!
This year, I hope to see you at the Evansville Riverfront on the fourth. The fireworks display will begin around 9 p.m. or after dark and food vendors will begin serving food around 6 p.m.