As we enjoy the holiday with food, friends, and fireworks, let's also remember what Independence Day truly represents. We are a nation in which the power is held by the people. As your Mayor, that is something that I will always honor. As a U.S. Navy reserve officer, I remember today the sacrifices of those who took up arms to win our democracy and the members of our armed forces who defend it each and every day.
Our independence may have been won long ago but it is the responsibility of each generation to preserve it and ensure that its promise of dignity and opportunity are enjoyed by everyone fortunate to call this country home.