On this most American of holidays, we celebrate the birth of the greatest country on earth. The Declaration of Independence was an audacious statement in 1776, issued and adopted by brave, intrepid people who would no longer abide the status quo. Our forebears demanded independence and paid a heavy cost for our freedoms through their sacrifice.
Throughout our 246-year journey, the United States has evolved from the humble beginnings of a “start-up” nation into the world’s preeminent power – economically, militarily and ideologically. Born from innovation, we keep pressing forward to discover new breakthroughs and invent ever more remarkable advancements.
As we celebrate our freedom and the spirit of independence, I hope we will also remember that protecting these values today requires the talent and energy of partners working together—in the private and public sectors, and through democratic nations allied and standing strong for peace and prosperity. America’s security challenges are complex and growing, but our partnerships, resilience and resolve are sources of optimism for the future.
Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday to America.
General Joseph L. Votel, USA (Ret.)
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