Independence Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Of course there are the fireworks, the community picnics, and quality time with Brian and our children. But driving all of that is this renewed, fierce patriotism felt across this country. Today and every day, I am proud to be an American.
The men and women of the Revolution, this ragtag group of believers, led us to victory over a great empire, and today is a celebration of their spirit — of the very idea of America. The idea that we are all equal under our Creator, that we are defined only by our potential, and the idea that this chunk of land between the Atlantic and the Pacific is where people come to imagine what’s possible and pursue their dreams.
We stand on the shoulders of giants.The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the generations that followed have passed onto us a significant task: to cherish, embrace, and protect this great experiment in self-government. That means each of us doing our part to find common ground and unify under our shared values, even when the issues of the day threaten to divide us.
Today as we gather with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate the great promise of America, we pledge to carry the torch of the generations before us and ensure that this promise lives on.
I’d like to share with you these posts from House Republicans:
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ):
Two hundred forty-one years ago, our Founding Fathers declared independence from Great Britain, establishing the greatest nation to have ever existed. They founded our country on a radical concept of freedom – daring to say that all of us are created equal and that every person has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Every day for the last 241 years, this country has faced threats from those who want to take away our right to be free. But time and time again, the brave people of this nation have refused to back down. Generations of Patriots have laid down their lives to defend our liberties. Every American owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have taken up the call to serve to keep us – and our freedoms – safe.
As we gather to celebrate, let us remember the many blessings that we have as Americans. I wish a happy and peaceful Independence Day to all of the residents of Southeastern Arizona.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): A Great People and A Great Nation
Independence Day has always been one of my favorite national holidays. From the parades, the cookouts, the flags and fireworks, and the outpouring of national pride and patriotism, it’s simply a great day to celebrate with family, friends and community. But it’s also a time to reflect on our nation’s Founding Fathers and documents, and to give thanks to providence for giving us the privilege of living in the greatest country in the world.
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI):
What does it mean to be a patriot? The word itself invokes images of brave U.S. Service Members proudly fighting for the American way in Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Fallujah. And yes, their sacrifice is without a doubt the foundation for which we have built this great Republic, but service is not a litmus test for patriotism.
No, it’s so much more than that. It’s a commitment to a principle, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
It is a fierce loyalty to this principle that has lighted, and keeps glowing, the fire of American patriotism. That no matter our disagreements, however vast they may be, we are all free men with the power to pursue happiness.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and reflect on what it means to be an American.
True “reflection” is a part of this country’s greatness. Please be a participant.
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) in the Alabama Political Reporter: Honoring service to our country
On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Signing this document was no easy task for the 56 signers. By lending their name to it, they were risking their personal safety, as well as that of their families. A number of the signers would also go on to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO):
Today, we celebrate our nation’s Independence and the freedoms we hold so dear. We honor the brave men and women who stood up for freedom and fought for the belief that that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Together, let’s keep this country strong, free, and independent. God bless, and Happy Independence Day!
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA): Independence and Southwest Virginia
On July 4, we celebrate Independence Day, the anniversary of when 56 men pledged “[their] Lives, [their] Fortunes and [their] sacred Honor” by adopting the Declaration of Independence. We honor them on Independence Day, but in Southwest Virginia, their legacies can be found every day. One can simply look at a map to find them.* Two of the counties contained in the Ninth Congressional District are named after signers of the Declaration. Wythe County is named after George Wythe, who taught Thomas Jefferson law. His name appears first among Virginia’s signatures. Carroll County’s namesake, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, represented Maryland. He was the only Roman Catholic signer and the last survivor among the 56, living until 1832.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) in the Washington Examiner: The enormous risks that led to America’s independence
The Fourth of July is undoubtedly a special time for every American. It is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and origin of American freedom. It is a day full of picnics, parades, barbecues, and fireworks. It is a highlight of patriotism and a celebration of proud sovereignty and independence.
Over 240 years ago, July 4 wasn’t marked by the festivities we experience today. July 4, 1776 was mired in a time of uncertainty, sacrifice, fear, and desperation. Yet through all this, bravery, courage, and perseverance persisted, and a nation was born.