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Blaine's Bulletin: The Fourth of July

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Washington, June 30, 2017 | comments
Just the other day, I was driving from St. Elizabeth to the St. Louis airport to catch a plane to fly to Washington for the week. As I was driving, I noticed a number of patriotic flag displays and arrangements in front of many homes and businesses across the 3rd District.
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Just the other day, I was driving from St. Elizabeth to the St. Louis airport to catch a plane to fly to Washington for the week. As I was driving, I noticed a number of patriotic flag displays and arrangements in front of many homes and businesses across the 3rd District.

It was a wonderful sight to see and as we all get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, I wanted to highlight the patriotism that is abundant all across the district. It’s a time to reflect upon and renew our commitment to the principles that are found in the Declaration of Independence, and symbolized by the American flag and the national anthem.

No matter if you are at a baseball game or a community event, each playing of our national anthem provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate our nation. Hearing the national anthem on a daily basis is essentially providing Americans with the opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July all throughout the year.

So as we fire up our grills to make hamburgers and hot dogs and we don ourselves in red, white, and blue – let us always remember what we are celebrating. We are celebrating and reflecting on the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy in the greatest nation and the struggles to gain and protect them. And as we gather the children and grandchildren around to watch fireworks blanketing the dark sky with its bright lights, it’s a wonderful feeling to have our communities come together to celebrate a country that we love so dearly. 

On the Fourth of July, as we celebrate our nation’s birthday, let us be thankful that we have the freedom to do so and remain vigilant today, tomorrow, and forever against those who seek to take it away. As the late President Dwight Eisenhower said “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.” While we may not always agree with our friends, neighbors, community leaders, and even our own family members on the issues of the day, it’s important to remember that our country is special and that its independence should always be a cause for celebration.

On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff – I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. 

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