As we head into our Independence Day celebration, I find myself reflecting how after all my 35 years here in our nation’s capital, I have never tired of the sights that are so rich with history and tell the story of freedom and democracy. Every once in a while, however, when I am in a cab heading to a meeting downtown, on Capitol Hill or at the FCC, I forget to turn my head to admire the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials. Just last week, I found myself stuck in so much traffic that I was more focused on how to get around the U.S. Capitol building than to even glance at it. Shame on me for taking for granted some of the rights and privileges that so many gave their lives defending.
Yet, as my youngest Kelsey moved into her new DC apartment last weekend, she reminded me of the majesty of this city with the sunset view of the Washington Monument from her bedroom window noted above. Not too shabby!
So, as we head into Independence Day, our 242nd celebration of the Continental Congress declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire, let’s remember the power of the second line in the powerful Declaration of Independence:
“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.”
A happy and safe celebration to all…and may we never forget what makes our country so great.