Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding Independence Day.
"Throughout the year, Americans show our patriotism in a number of ways, whether by cheering on our team in the World Cup, casting a vote in an election, or simply thanking a service member or veteran for his or her service. And each year, on the Fourth of July, this steadfast patriotism culminates in a tremendous celebration of pride, gratitude and unification. We sing together in harmony the melodies that are representative of American democracy and we join together with friends and family for barbeque and fellowship, for parades and concerts, for a nighttime firework spectacular.
"As we hang our red, white and blue bunting and proudly wave our flags to ring in this Independence Day, let us reflect upon the history of struggle, sacrifice and victory of our great nation; let us praise our forefathers for the democratic ideals they instilled in our Constitution; and let us also show appreciation for our service men and women who have and continue to defend the "land of the free and the home of the brave.'