Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

A Memorable July 4th

Gathering together and watching fireworks for the 4th of July is one of this country’s longest-standing traditions. Even as a young boy, I can remember the excitement that came with the day. It was one of the most enjoyable times to gather with family and friends. However, as we enjoy the festivities that come with celebrating our nation’s independence, we must honor the sacrifices and personal risk put forth by the extraordinary leaders who united our nation.

Much like it did during the time of our Founding Fathers, America continues to be a beacon of hope and promise to the rest of the world. Through the efforts of men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin, our land is known as one that is filled with courageous citizens who live in freedom. Over the years, July 4th has come to mean many different things to our vast array of citizenry, but no one can deny that on this day in 1776, something truly remarkable began.

That’s why, this July 4th, I ask that you join me in honoring those who provided us with our freedom, while at the same time honoring those who today are serving on our soil and in other places across the globe to protect our freedom. These men and women, along with their families, sacrifice a great deal for this great nation, and it is only appropriate that we thank them for their service especially on patriotic days such as Independence Day.

Our Independence Day will always serve as a reminder that in this county, it was decided man is born with certain rights. It is here that government is a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers except those that its people grant. This virtue must not be forgotten.

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