On July 4th, we celebrate the 240th birthday of our great nation. Communities, businesses and workplaces throughout the country will hold special events and celebrations to honor this historically significant, extraordinary day.
We owe it to our forefathers, to ourselves and to future generations to sustain the American Spirit that was captured in 1776. Fourth of July is a great time to honor the diversity and interlocking stories of all the citizens who have created and affirmed the American Dream. We should respect and deliver the message that we all are truly Americans and have accomplished many great things. It is a message that needs to be carried out the whole year. It is a vision for the world and for our children to see.
From the beginning of American history, there were men and women who played pivotal roles in creating, expanding and sustaining what has become known as the American Spirit. Our historical leaders may not have spoken in one voice or supported the same outcomes, but their courageous actions and steadfast determination in the face of great opposition is part of our common heritage. It is what we know as the Spirit of America.
America is unique in that it was built as a refuge for those escaping religious and political persecution. Our history is built on the foundation of people coming together from different nations and continents with a myriad of traditions and beliefs. We recognized our differences and worked together as a nation and as people to guarantee freedom of thought and expression – our beliefs have become laws known as the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Even before the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, men and women worked to ensure that America’s rich cultural, social, educational and religious ideas were incorporated into a political system that honors America’s diversity. Our ancestors worked together to form a more perfect union, expanding the idea of a government for the people and by the people for all generations. This American Spirit is as rich and diverse as the people who created it, and the people who live it today.
Our current political agendas have pushed a wide divide among Americans. However, our forefathers never gave up hope that spoken words could turn minds and hearts – on the Fourth of July, as well as on the fifth, sixth, seventh…and neither should we.
Happy Fourth of July, and may the American Spirit continue to soar! W