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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Our American Achievement

Together, let us remember those who have sacrificed over the 233 years that have led to this day to give us a nation founded on principles and defined by ordinary Americans making extraordinary accomplishments.

July 4th has come to mean even more than independence from Great Britain and the impressive journey that has followed. Today, it serves as an opportunity to appreciate the blessings of liberty over tyranny, of democracy over dictatorship, and of courage over fear.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," said Ronald Reagan. "We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free."

Let each of us pray for those who are engaged in that ongoing struggle to preserve and defend individual human freedom and self-determination around the world. As so many have observed, the price of liberty is indeed eternal vigilance, and our nation has been blessed with an abundance of sons and daughters who have exercised that vigilance, and in so doing created a nation that has served as a refuge and safe haven for oppressed people around the world.

That is our truly American achievement.

Best wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

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