Celebrate your Independence

The Fourth of July is here, and it is time to celebrate and reflect on what makes our country great. From grilling and enjoying the beach to camping and taking in a spectacular fireworks show, Americans celebrate Independence Day in many different ways. No matter how you celebrate, make sure your American spirit shines.
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed–else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
We need to remember this quote. This celebration was made possible by the effort and sacrifice of the brave soldiers that fought for our independence so many years ago and the service men and women that continue to fight to this day. America has lost many great men and women in the fight for freedom and we cannot forget what they have done for us.
Hubert H. Humphrey once said that “We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.”
We should celebrate our independence with the same excitement today as we did in 1776. Let us celebrate and thank all of those who have boldly served our country and never forget what our service men and women have done for us. Check your city and county websites to find Independence Day celebrations near you.
When you are out this week, remember the words of the Declaration of Independence, and try to imagine what those words meant to the people when our nation was born and celebrate our freedom as if the words were written today.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
-the Declaration of Independence, 1776
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Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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