This weekend, we celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of this great nation. As we rightfully celebrate this holiday, let us be thankful for the many blessings to which we have so richly been granted.
Amidst the fireworks and bottle rockets bursting in air, be thankful that we rarely worry about bombs exploding overhead.
Amidst the red, white and blue bunting decorating homes and offices, I ask you to recall our red, white and blue flag draped over the caskets of honored service members who have made the supreme sacrifice and offer a prayer for their families and loved ones.
Amidst the barbecues and corn dogs, be thankful that our nation has some of the most fertile and productive soil in the world and we do not go hungry because of the hard work of our farmers.
Amidst all of this thankfulness, though, take time to enjoy the holiday. John Adams wrote of the fourth:
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
On behalf of the executive team, I wish you a very happy Independence Day!