It was John Adams who suggested that Independence Day become a day of nationwide celebration. In 1776, he wrote a passionate letter to his wife Abigail saying, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. …It ought to be commemorated with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” And July 4th has become just that, a day of barbeques, fireworks, family, and most of all, commemoration.
There’s something endearing to the fact that freedoms won on the battlefield can be celebrated with sparklers and backyard grills. It’s a tribute to those who fought to bring us peace that we can celebrate so peacefully. Many of us work closely with seniors and veterans who know all too well the cost of that freedom. It isn’t cheap. So amidst the fun of the festivities this weekend, please be sure to thank them.
We’d like to take our own moment to say, thank you. To fight for this country is no small sacrifice, and we’re grateful for your service and the freedoms you’ve made possible for us. So, thank you. We’re privileged to know you and to work with you so closely. We hope to work with and serve you for years to come.
We hope we never forget what we are celebrating. Have a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!