As we all make preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and three-day weekend, please take a moment and reflect on the sacrifices made 238 years ago to birth this nation. The nearly-impossible task faced by the first Continental Army and militia of overcoming the forces of the most powerful nation on earth did not deter their will to prevail. That same resolve to fight, and die, for the right to be independent and to form their own nation is found today in the spirit and selflessness of our men and women in uniform.
While we celebrate our nationís independence by gathering with friends and family at barbecues, sporting events, concerts or other holiday activities, there are thousands of brave men and women in numerous, and sometimes nameless, locations across the globe protecting us and our nation every day. The uniform they wear varies with the service branch they are a member of, but they share a common bond in their mission to ensure that our nation and its citizens remain safe and free. I am proud to have two nieces and a granddaughter currently serving in the military. Please join me in thanking all of those who have worn the uniform and served our country, from its very beginnings to the present, for their service and dedication to keep our nation independent and free. Have a safe Fourth of July holiday.
William R. Dougan
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