To the editor:
The Fourth of July is one day we unite to celebrate the freedom and liberty Americans enjoy not only on Independence Day, but every other day of the year.
We will entertain ourselves with parades, picnics, concerts, fireworks and reunions. Displays of America’s Red, White and Blue will fill the landscape as we honor our forefathers who led a revolution to break free from tyranny. The courage it took for our colonists to seek independence - and then prove their commitment in the Revolutionary War - cannot be overstated.
Our American spirit has remained strong for more than 230 years, but here are a few ways we can stoke the patriotic flames:
Send a letter to the troops currently serving our country or thank veterans in the community. Display the American flag. Become familiar Become or remain involved with local civic activities, staying in tune with the issues facing our area and beyond. Make a point of knowing the people who represent you on various boards and government bodies. Write or e-mail elected officials to ask questions or offer your thoughts.
And most of all, never forget the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence to give us our freedom. Because of their ambition, courage and foresight, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It is important for us to uphold the spirit of those world-changing words as we celebrate America’s independence.
Have a safe and happy holiday.