Happy Independence Day!

Dear Friends,

While this holiday weekend may be filled with parades, fireworks, and barbecues, let us make sure the importance of this day is not forgotten in all of the celebrations. Tuesday will mark the 241st anniversary of the passing of the Declaration of Independence and the severance of the thirteen colonies from the British Crown by our courageous founding fathers in 1776.

These brave men faced persecution and the possibility of death for holding true to their beliefs and severing ties with an oppressive ruler for the opportunity of independence and liberty. This was not a decision they took likely. Many faced opposition from family, friends, and neighbors. They knew the road ahead would not be an easy one, but they moved forward with the certainty and faith they held in the vision of this great nation.

It is often easy to forget that while today the United States is a symbol of strength, courage, and a beacon of freedom for others, our founding fathers struggled in defense of the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That before there was a nation there was a fight for freedom, and while we are free to celebrate this day however we wish, the men and women who ensured that right and sacrificed so much, were not all able to know such freedom.

Now this is not to say that this day shouldn’t be a day of fireworks, picnics, and games. Our Founding Father, John Adams, in a letter dated two days before the approval of the Declaration of Independence, wrote to his wife about his predictions for this day of declared freedom to be celebrated for generations with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.”

I believe we have done John Adams proud with our continued enthusiastic celebration of this day throughout the nation.

So between the food and fireworks this Tuesday, take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for our independence long ago and those that have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this nation since so that we may live as we do today. And let this be a reminder that it’s our duty to carry on their legacy and ensure that our nation is free from oppression, free from tyranny and that we may always be a nation of liberty.

Happy Fourth of July everyone. God Bless you, and God Bless America.

Sincerely,
MICHELLE STEEL
Chairwoman, Second District
Orange County Board of Supervisors
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