Celebrating Our Servicemen And Women This Fourth Of July
Guest Column from State Representative Michael Henne
July 03, 2014
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Every year, our country celebrates its rich history and unmatched independence on the Fourth of July.  On this day in history the Declaration of Independence was signed, declaring freedom for the thirteen American colonies from the rule of the British Empire. This act of bravery and patriotism now serves as a national holiday for our country.

Many men and women have laid down their lives over the course of our nation’s history in order to keep American citizens safe and to protect our unalienable rights.  As we celebrate the birth of our nation, it is also appropriate to pay tribute to those who fought and died for our liberty and for those who have fought and returned home.  Our veterans are true American heroes and patriots.

As representative of the 40th House District, I am reminded that the Fourth of July has another special meaning; it serves as a day to recognize the wonderful accomplishments our state and nation have achieved in ensuring that our liberties endure.  Our continual goal is making certain that our rights are protected, our voices are heard and our American values are held above all else.  Serving my constituents and making sure that their ideas and issues are brought to Columbus, and the Statehouse, is my main priority.  I’m proud of our system of government, and all that is made possible because of the solid foundation this country was built upon.

As part of our democratic system,  citizen engagement in the legislative process is how laws are made and initiatives are championed.  With this in mind, I hope constituents will join me for office hours at the Vandalia Library Meeting Room (500 South Dixie Drive, Vandalia) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 26. It’s a great way for constituents to share their ideas and issues with me.

This Fourth of July holiday, we can enjoy our nation’s independence through gatherings, fireworks, parades, and various events, because of the beliefs  and principles set in place by our founding fathers and the men and women in the armed forces who uphold them.  As we take time to celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends, I will also take a moment to acknowledge our veterans and the freedoms they have fought for.

I also ask you to take a moment to remember the price that comes with freedom and those that sacrificed it all so that we can continue to celebrate this historical day.  I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.

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