As a lifelong resident of central Ohio, I can confidently say that our communities always go above and beyond to show their pride in our country and commitment to the values that underscore what it means to be an American.


Independence Day is our country’s most beloved holiday. Not only is it a time for summer cookouts, parades and fireworks, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on our heritage as Americans. We are all aware of the events that took place on July 4th over 240 years ago—when the Continental Congress declared that the 13 original American colonies were independent from Great Britain—but this year, I encourage you to take to your community to celebrate our ever-enduring freedom.


America started as an idea. The idea found its way into one of the most important documents in history, the Declaration of Independence, which held that all men are created equal with unalienable rights. This sparked a revolution, not just a war against an oppressor, but a fight to lead a new way of life.


Over nearly two and a half centuries, we have worked as a nation to bring this idea to fruition. Our experiment in self-governance is constantly changing and evolving. But as long as we remain true to the spirit of America, to the foundation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we can continue this journey the founders started us on. We can remain hopeful that our children and grandchildren have a life free from oppression and tyranny. We can move forward, knowing that it is up to us, the people, to preserve liberty for all generations to come.


Independence Day gives us an opportunity to come together, to proudly wave the American flag and to cherish the freedom we have to do that. We all come from different walks of life, but at the end of the day, we share one commonality—we are all American. On the Fourth of July, despite these differences, we can commemorate our country’s founding as one.

 
 
 
  
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