By Rep. Mike Sanders
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. The Fourth of July is the most American of holidays, a time we celebrate the unique path our nation took and the sacrifice and efforts of countless individuals to earn the freedoms we enjoy today.
According to the U.S. Census web site, there were an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States in July 1776. Today, there is more than 300 million people in the U.S. Our country inspired millions of immigrants over the years to make long voyages to taste the way of life and freedom created in the U.S. Our nation’s growth made us the deciding factor in both World Wars. From that point forward, our nation has been heavily involved in world affairs, helping to resolve conflicts abroad and eliminating threats to our national security.
Right now, our troops are striving to stabilize the region in which terrorists are bred. Their efforts will lead not only to our protection but to the protection of future generations of Americans.
Not only has our nation grown on courage and conviction, but on the sure judgment our Founding Fathers had in writing our constitution and in creating a check-and-balance system of government. Many men who were devoted to forming a better nation strove to write unparalleled ideals into the way this country operates. Leaders throughout our nation’s history have worked to improve our government’s respect for its citizens and to lead them through difficult times.
On this July 4th weekend, I would ask that we all take time to ponder the freedoms that we have and thank and remember those who have contributed to or who continue to contribute to our security and liberty today. We are a nation of free thinkers and courageous freedom lovers and enjoy the protection of a robust military force. For that we should all celebrate.
Take care and have a safe July 4th weekend with family and friends.