This weekend, our family
will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the
glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good
friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let's also remember the
remarkable story that led to this day.
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a
courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred
honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.
Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty — a bold, evolving
quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another
courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully
realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.
Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which
enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our
nation's course. America's greatness has always depended on her
citizens embracing that freedom — and fulfilling the duty that comes
As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that
face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must
struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever
closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that
triumph — that pride — belongs to all of us.
So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of
our troops standing in harm's way to preserve and protect it. It is a
day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire
toward all we can still become.
With very best wishes,
President Barack Obama
July 4th, 2009
P.S. — Our nation's birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving
in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service
opportunities near you at http://www.serve.gov.