This July 4th while we celebrate the long weekend with family, friends, and neighbors, I hope that we all take a moment and realize how fortunate we are to live in a country where all our voices count through our vote. We have much to celebrate as citizens of a nation of laws, and governed by a constitution that has endured for nearly 250 years! We remain the envy of a world that is always watching. How we endure lays a pathway for other democracies and those aspiring to be. What we do matters, not just to us, but to countless millions we will never know. What an awesome responsibility for all of us to consider. As citizens, we are not only stewards of, but ambassadors for America.
So, as we strive every day to be that beacon of hope for democracies around the world, we must pause and appreciate what this country has faced and continues to face in challenges both external and internal. The best of America is an ideal. It is not easy to maintain an ideal. Governing is messy. Legislating is messy. But when we hear a beautiful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and enjoy those awe-inspiring fireworks overhead, we are moved as we remember who we are and how far we have come. We know that while our nation was forged in fire, we continue in the Grace that follows the high ideal of “liberty and justice for all”. Despite our challenges, we persevere as a people to become a “more perfect union.” I have no doubt that someday we will collectively reach that goal.
On behalf of the Wetzel-Tyler Chamber of Commerce, we wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th holiday weekend!