Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document, primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks, ceremonies, barbecues and family gatherings.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day here in America, I wanted to ask you to remember the family members of two slain police officers here in our city. Our flags are flying at half mast in memory of these two men, who were ministers of the law. For all those who have given their lives in order that we may remain free, I pay respect and homage to them and for what they stood for.
So as you celebrate the 4th, remember that there are many who have given their all, because freedom is never really free.
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