Independence Day 2003
July 3, 2003
On July 4, 1776, our Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, creating
a great Nation and establishing a hopeful vision of liberty and equality that
endures today. This Independence Day, we express gratitude for our many blessings
and we celebrate the ideals of freedom and opportunity that our Nation holds
America's strength and prosperity are testaments to the enduring power of
our founding ideals, among them, that all men are created equal, and that
liberty is God's gift to humanity, the birthright of every individual. The
American creed remains powerful today because it represents the universal
hope of all mankind.
On the Fourth of July, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom represents
and for the opportunities it affords. We are thankful for the love of our
family and friends and for our rights to think, speak, and worship freely.
We are also humbled in remembering the many courageous men and women who
have served and sacrificed throughout our history to preserve, protect, and
expand these liberties. In liberating oppressed peoples and demonstrating
honor and bravery in battle, the members of our Armed Forces reflect the
best of our Nation.
We also recognize the challenges that America now faces. We are winning
the war against enemies of freedom, yet more work remains. We will prevail
in this noble mission. Liberty has the power to turn hatred into hope.
America is a force for good in the world, and the compassionate spirit of
America remains a living faith. Drawing on the courage of our Founding Fathers
and the resolve of our citizens, we willingly embrace the challenges before
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a safe and joyous Independence
Day. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.