Celebrating our Nation’s Independence
St. Joseph, MI,
Jul 4, 2012 -
“Today, folks here in southwest Michigan and across the country will come together with loved ones in celebration of our nation’s independence. It is an annual reminder of the principles upon which our nation was founded and the sacrifices that have been made to keep us free, safe, and secure.
“Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, the Second Continental Congress ratified one of the most important and consequential documents penned in human history: our Declaration of Independence. Since first put to parchment, that immortal preamble has forever resonated in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere, offering the promise of freedom and justice for all: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.’
“While the world is a much different place since the time of our Founding Fathers, the power of their words and the principles for which they fought are absolute and timeless. They are deeply engrained in our American way of life and continue to offer hope to those around the world who struggle under the yoke of tyranny and oppression.
“As we celebrate the anniversary of our independence – whether spending time at community parades, watching fireworks, or grilling in the backyard with friends and family – our thoughts and prayers are also with the brave members of our Armed Forces who are deployed throughout the world this holiday. We are so proud of their service and look forward to their safe return home. Just like our nation’s Founders, we will never forget that freedom is only possible through the security brought to us by those who serve. We are forever grateful for the countless sacrifices made by our service members and their families.
“Happy birthday, America, and God bless.”