May we be forever grateful for the freedom and liberty that we enjoy in this great nation through the hard work of our courageous predecessors. On this day we acknowledge the efforts many brave men and women have put into preserving the principles on which our Nation was founded.
In June of 1826, Thomas Jefferson wrote his last letter to Roger C. Weightman, saying:
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”
Let us honor the wishes of Thomas Jefferson and strive towards equality and freedom of speech for all. While we gaze upon the fireworks lighting up the night sky, let us continue to look at the accomplishments of the past and our nation’s potential for growth with reverence and wonder. The Lint Center wishes you a happy Independence Day!
This message was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Juliana Pham.