Shipmates and Navy Families,
Many Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and patriotic displays of red, white and blue, just as the founding fathers commemorated the Fourth of July at the end of the Revolutionary War.
This is a time for us to reflect on how we can best uphold the same ideals that drove our founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, which among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
While many of us will take this time to come together in fellowship, please remember the thousands of Sailors who are deployed around the world protecting our freedom. Please remember our Navy families who stand the watch at home so our Sailors can focus on missions on the ground, in the air, and at sea.
I ask all Sailors, civilians, and family members to join together as members of an elite team every single day, fight for what is right, and always stay safe. It’s your duty to keep an eye on one another and take care of those within our Navy Family, and it requires personal courage to stand up and be loyal to one another.
Through your service and sacrifice, you help make every day Independence Day for the United States of America. On this Fourth of July, we stop to say to each of you: Thank you for what you do for our country.