On this day in 1776, our Founding Fathers took the courageous step of declaring their independence from the tyranny of Great Britain. They led a nation of about 2.5 million people in 13 colonies. Their Christian values, their determination and thirst for freedom laid the foundation for the most powerful nation, in a world they could not have imagined.
236 years later, their words of bravery and wisdom etched in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution remain the core of our representative democracy.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that the day of America's independence "will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival" and that the celebration should include "Pomp and Parade...Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other." How prophetic he was.
As we celebrate our nation's independence with the comfort of family and friends, it is important not to forget where we began as a nation and the tremendous sacrifices that so many have made in the cause of our freedom. Our nation's love for liberty has not come without cost. Our veterans and those presently serving in the Armed Forces have steadfastly defended our nation's values and freedoms so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the prosperity of the greatest nation in the world, where any child can dream big and achieve his life's ambitions.
Today, let us salute our Founding Fathers and give thanks to those who have protected our freedom for 236 years. May your family have a very happy and safe Fourth of July, and may God bless these United States of America.
With Best Regards,
Michael T. McCaul
Member of Congress