As the 4th of July is approaching, we want to draw attention to how important the Independence of our Nation is. It must be honored and respected. It is our responsibility to teach our children and following generations how blessed we are to be able to live in freedom.
It cannot be better expressed than by our 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan in his Farewell Address on January 11, 1989.
"An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?
"Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions . . .
". . . We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom--freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs protection."
(These words come from The Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara CA.)