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Jul 5, 2022

This week marking the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated with family events, picnics and fireworks. After a two-year hiatus in which these events were either canceled or curtailed due to COVID, we realized that for too long we took for granted the celebration of Independence Day—and the reason it exists. This week, reflect on why we have the freedoms that are at the heart of our nation and be thankful for them. We enjoy these rights because, nearly 250 years ago, citizens stood arm-in-arm, united in their desire to forge their own destiny as One Nation Under God. The journey has been imperfect, but we continue still, with God’s grace, on the road to a fairer, more just country. The Founding Fathers’ message still resonates: Let Freedom Ring! May God bless you, and God bless America!