Founding fathers' ideals of independence still preserved

  • Published
  • By Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger
  • Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
To mark the July 4th holiday -- our
nation's 237th birthday -- many of us will get together for a cookout or to
watch fireworks with friends and family. While we certainly look forward to
those activities, we should also use the holiday as an opportunity to
reflect on exactly why it is we're able to celebrate.

Certainly we owe a great deal to the men who signed the Declaration of
Independence; the nation's founders knew their signatures would be their
death sentences if the American Revolution failed. Although they perhaps
didn't realize it at the time, the bravery of the Continental Congress
proved incredibly significant to future generations.

Since the start of our independence in 1776 through the courageousness of
our forefathers, thousands of Americans have given their lives in service to
our nation. And millions more have put their lives at risk to preserve our
democratic way of life and our individual freedom.

Be proud that -- as members of the Air Force Materiel Command team -- we are
a key part of that service, equipping our nation's warfighters with the
resources they need.

Enjoy July 4th festivities, and be safe as you celebrate this special time
for remembrance and patriotism.

Happy Birthday, America!