Today we celebrate the 236th Birthday of the United States of America.
We often forget that the birth of our nation was started by the vocal minority crafting the most effective communication of the time in the attics of ale houses that served large steins of drink, smoking tobacco, and consuming game that lacked artificial preservatives.
These men, those who we now call the “Founding Fathers“, risked a great deal in their rebellion against the British throne. They were outlaws in the eyes of the Crown, those entrenched in power with everything to lose with the winds of change. Often not truly understood or appreciated is that they did not do it alone, but were joined by thousands of supporters who committed tp serve through volunteerism in the Continental Army and in the war effort.
That was what this county was built upon, what grew it, and what continues to move it forward today so we can see tomorrow.
So on this day, between the hot dogs and hamburgers, between the fruit punch and beer, between the flying flags and fireworks take a moment to remember how we came to be. Take a moment to thank those who have committed to serve voluntarily in whatever capacity they chose, whether it be in the military, in public service, or on the PTA.
Then, under the rockets red glare tonight, make your own commitment to serve through volunteerism for something that you believe in.
Just as our Founding Fathers have before us, so shall we so future generations shall follow our lead.