Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issue the following statement in recognition of Independence Day:
“This July Fourth, folks across Michigan and the nation will come together with family members, friends, and neighbors to proudly celebrate our nation’s independence. As we enjoy backyard barbeques, afternoons at the beach, community parades, and evening fireworks displays, we are reminded of the founding values and countless personal sacrifices that have built our great nation.
“Today we live in a world that would be virtually unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers. But the principles enumerated in our Declaration of Independence remain timeless. Particularly in times of uncertainty and political partisanship, our core beliefs and values continue to guide us. A commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and limited government will not guide us astray.
“We also continue to keep in mind the heroic sacrifices made by the brave members of our Armed Forces, our veterans, and their families. We are so proud of their service to keep our nation safe and secure. For those actively deployed, we pray for their safety and await their return home. We will never forget that the freedoms and security we all enjoy come from those who serve."