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Guest Column: Celebrating the Birth of Our Country

June 26, 2015
J. Kyle Koehler News

Every July, our country takes a day, usually a whole weekend, to celebrate the anniversary of this nation declaring its independence from tyranny and oppression.

This year marks the 239th birthday for the United States of America. Our country has grown and matured as the years have gone by, surviving a civil war, threats from foreign lands, a crippling economic depression, and many more challenges. Still, we emerged from history as the leader of the free world and the best place to live on earth. Never have I been more proud to be an American than I am now.

As you spend time with your friends and family on Independence Day, remember the courage and sacrifice it took for our founding fathers to make this country a reality. Under threat of certain death, they knew that the importance of establishing a free, sovereign state was too great.

I keep the ideals that this country was founded on close to my heart as I serve you as your state representative. Many Americans have fought and died for the principles that we hold so dear here, and I ask that you keep this in mind on this holiday.

I hope you take part in some of the great celebrations going on in our area. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Enon Parade at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday the 4th, as well as the Buck Creek fireworks on July 2nd. Spending time together as a community is always one of the best parts of the 4th of July, and it is something that my family and I look forward to every year.

So from my family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Independence Day! Please feel free to contact my office at any time regarding state government related issues. We have been busy these past few months working on the state operating budget and other legislation, and I would love to hear your input.