After being able to get back to our great tradition of celebrating the July 4th holiday, let us commit to making America better and stronger as we move forward. If the pandemic and the virulent political divisions that we have experienced during the past 18 months do nothing more, it should remind us of what life can be like when we are unable to experience the wonderful privileges and opportunities this nation affords.
This Fourth of July weekend saw unprecedented levels of travel, some even more than the pre-pandemic years before. Americans were happy to take to the airways and travel the roads again to be with family and friends. To sit on the beach fronts, have picnics in the parks, barbecues in the backyards, and experience a cascade of fireworks near and far. Imagine what could happen if we commit to making America better and stronger with the same level of eagerness and excitement!
The Independence Day Celebration in Washington, DC–with the pageantry, patriotic songs and fireworks extravaganza–was so welcomed, so needed, so comforting, and so inspiring. It was not only a time to be reminded of why this nation was founded, but also to serve as impetus for each and every American to realize, want to protect those inalienable rights and privileges, and commit to making America better and stronger.
Embedded in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the patriotic songs that brings both joy and tears are words and principles for which this nation continues to strive to achieve. America is by no means perfect. While much has been in achieved toward making it a great nation, there is still much more work to be done. But it will not happen if each of us to not commit to making America better and stronger as we go about our daily lives and occupations.
We have only to look around and see the threat that America faces from within. The political divide is both bitter and deep. There seems to be more concern about personal positions and agendas that doing what is best for the country so that all of its citizens have a chance of realizing its promises. Inward, self-centered thinking and actions rarely yield a greater good. If being able to celebrate this nation’s birth as so many of us were able to do this weekend does nothing more, it should make us want to commit to making America stronger and better as never before.
After this great July 4th celebration, what are you willing to do?