It should be noted that I cannot say anything today that will overshadow the majesty of the fireworks we will observe as our eyes and hearts lift to the sky tonight, as we remember all those brave men and women who stood… and those who fell… to carve out this great nation.
You have all heard the Declaration of Independence, complete with it’s majestic ending… a Declaration worthy of a long life measured in “forevers”.
It was a Declaration carved into stone by “iron men wielding wooden sticks”, men who used their sweat and blood to build this Republic by selflessly sentencing themselves to death as they drew lines in the sand… in the face of their oppressors.
This Declaration is still hurled towards the bones of long past monarchs, men like King George the III, a monarch long dead, a man like many before him who uttered such words as “better 50 year of English rule than all the cycles of Cathay.”
To those who sought (or seek) to oppress, to subdue, to control, I say…
This is America. It is OUR land, our beloved nation, a land where once citizens built and Congress followed.
You have all heard the history of this nation from the first to present day… from our beginning… from the Revolutionary War through the days of great struggles and great triumphs.
There are many challenges ahead, both from within and without… but we will face them with the determination of our ancestors, our forefathers… as we maintain and re-armor this cradle of Democracy.
May G_d bless this beloved Republic and… every one of you.
July 4th, 2015