The Fourth of July brings about images and fond memories of fireworks and parades, of family and friends celebrating, beach vacations and backyard barbecues. It is a wonderful day to be an American, and to honor the great things that make our country home.
Historically, we observe the ratification on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence, signaling the establishment of the United States of America and freedom from British rule, and setting forth foundational values for our country that have lasted centuries: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In the 242 years since, millions of Americans have fought at home and abroad to ensure the survival of those values, and the rights laid out in our Constitution. Our military and the men and women serving in its branches have enabled the United States to develop and preserve those rights.
Of course, freedom for all Americans did not come with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our country has seen, in movements toward equality among races, socioeconomic classes and genders, and in battles against tyranny across the globe, Americans’ active desire for independence, over and over again. Our pursuit of independence is a unique and beautiful part of what makes the Fourth of July much more than an historic remembrance. Freedom isn’t a one-time fight.
So, as you celebrate the Fourth of July, we hope you will reflect on the concept of freedom, and the men and women who work tirelessly to preserve it for all Americans. There are 1.3 million Americans in uniform stationed around the world. Hundreds of thousands of them are deployed internationally, while we celebrate at home.
Please take a moment today to feel grateful for the service of our military and our veterans.
At Cell Phones For Soldiers, we honor those brave men and women every day by helping them stay connected with their families and loved ones. We also help veterans with one-time grants to meet the challenges of returning to civilian life. If you would like to donate to our cause, either by sending in your old cell phone or mobile device to be recycled, or by donating cash, you can do so here.
Thank you, and have a Happy Fourth of July!