On Tuesday, we celebrated our independence as a nation. We spent time with family and friends as a way to honor our nation’s birth. The fireworks that filled the skies were a beautiful reminder of the fact that July 4th is a celebration that unites every American in the spirit of freedom regardless of creed or heritage.
Being one of our only purely American holidays, the Fourth of July transcends faith and culture. It does not matter what one believes or from where one’s ancestors once lived. The Fourth of July invites each of us to rejoice in the story of our nation.
On Friday night, we will celebrate these sacred values during our
services. We will sing songs that celebrate the beauty and joy of American life, and we will emphasize the fact that we must constantly stand up for the core values of our nation so that in every generation liberty and freedom, diversity and independence will be guaranteed to all.