Happy 4th of July!

Today marks the day 244 years ago that 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence declaring separation from Britain.  No longer were we a colony, but a separate nation.  We celebrate with family and friends, usually with parades and concerts of patriotic songs and family barbecues serving hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, chicken, jello salad, and cake and pie.  We cap it off with fireworks and watch that cheezy movie, “Independence Day.”

Why do we watch “Independence Day?”  It shows what we like to see: a strong people overcoming a seemingly indestructible foe.  That’s what we like, to see us band together, using smarts to figure out a plan, working together, personal sacrifice for the good of the community, and righting the ship.   A simple story of dark days turning into light-filled ones.  It has the elements that stir our souls—heroes, heroines, kids, a dog, love, the unknown, sacrifice, survival, and overcoming adversity.  A story of hope.

So far, 2020’s been a tumultuous year.  The economy was going well.  Then Spring came, along with something new and deadly called coronavirus or COVID-19. Sickness and death, fear, and sadness.  At the same time that we were battling the virus, the death of Mr. Floyd reminded us that there is still much work to be done before we can rest.  We still have work to do before we can say we’ve fulfilled that charge that “…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.”

There is much work to be done to get to that hallowed state, but we can do it.  We will all join together, young and old and people in between, people of all kinds, we will forge ahead, fighting forward.  We will be those heroes and heroines who fashion a beautiful place.  We will sacrifice, we will overcome, we will survive, we will indeed get to where we can respectfully say people are created equal so that we can all strive for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Why do we say we will get there?  Because we all love this land, this is our home.  We really do not want to be anywhere else.  We know the potential of who we can be, we hold these hopes for all our children; that’s why we’re here.  When we work together for a noble aim, a story of Hope and Perseverance will unfold.