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Celebrating Independence Day

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Washington, July 5, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. 

Over 241 years ago, the Second Continental Congress adopted of the Declaration of Independence, setting the foundation for what would become the United States of America. The Declaration conveyed the desire for self-determination by the early colonial settlers of this great nation, and we commemorate this moment in history every year on the Fourth of July.

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies officially declared independence from Great Britain. After a long fight, the patriots that set out to build a new nation were filled with hope, pride and determination. In the battles that secured our liberty, our nation’s heroes exemplified valor. Their bravery helped build the Land of the Free.

The Declaration of Independence was the foundation of a new nation, paving the way for the Constitution that would guide us to greatness and a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Each Fourth of July, Americans gather together for parades, fireworks, family and fun. We come together to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy year-round. But just as independence from Great Britain cost many men their lives in 1776, the men and women in our Armed Forces are making sacrifices today to protect our freedom. Many of these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines won’t be grilling with their families or setting off fireworks for their children this year, but I guarantee you they will be thinking of home. Likewise, a grateful nation will be remembering them in our thoughts and prayers.

As a Chairman for House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I believe among my most important duties are to protect and preserve our Constitution, and to ensure the men and women who serve this country have every resource they need to complete their mission and transition back to civilian life when their service ends. I take these responsibilities very seriously, and I will continue to prioritize these duties as long as I have the great privilege of representing the First District. 

As always, feel free to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family. 

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