"The land of the free and the home of the brave"
Our nation's 235th birthday is just around the corner and celebrating our independence has been a long standing tradition in America.
We are "the land of the free and the home of the brave," and it is appropriate that we commemorate this occasion each year with fireworks, parades and the singing of our national anthem to honor those who have made our country great.
We often associate the national anthem and the Revolutionary War as synonymous, but interestingly, the "Star Spangled Banner" was not written during the Revolutionary War, but rather during our second war with the British Empire in 1812.
We are fortunate that many years ago; brave Patriots rallied together declaring themselves as a sovereign nation and broke free of the British Empire establishing the freedoms that have allowed the United States of America to prosper.
It is astounding to see the strides and accomplishments our young nation has made, many of which were instituted in its infancy.
In just 235 years, we have becomes the world's super power, the country that many look to for guidance and help. With our beliefs and freedoms in hand, our country has grown to be the ideal-- the land of freedom and the land of opportunity.
This year, I have found myself reflecting on the forward thinking laid out in the Declaration of Independence, and the foresight our Founding Fathers had when constructing our government.
Perhaps, my nostalgia is due to the fact that I have recently completed my first legislative session as a state representative and had the honor to participate in our democracy in a rare and personal way.
After completing my first session, I feel even more resolute to the fact that we live in the greatest country in the world. No other country affords its citizens the rights we are entitled to. Our democracy gives everyone an equal voice in how the country is operated.
As the swell of patriotism comes alive this Fourth of July, I urge you to remember the men and women who have fought for our nation and who have created and protected the "land of the free and the home of the brave."