Today we celebrate the birth of our nation as declared in 1776. Not only does it stand for new ideas, leaders, and concepts, but it stands for a new freedom, a freedom that America had never experienced before. A freedom where people could enjoy their beliefs and ideas without fear of persecution or even execution. Sometimes we forget that people around the world are punished for speaking or thinking their own thoughts or beliefs because of the freedom that we have. But we know that it is important, vital even, to the welfare of our state. We know that millions of people have died, whether they were from the 1700s or the 2000s, so that we could keep the liberty that our forefathers fought so hard to achieve, that we could continue to be one free nation. And even if we aren't happy with the way that America is going now, even if millions of babies are killed, even if the morality of Americans is dropping to depressing numbers, even if many are homeless or jobless, we can be proud of our American heritage, or the America that was founded three hundred years ago. So many people would give up their homes and families just to be called that cherished name "American". Many have sacrificed a lot more than that to walk on the soil of America. So as we watch our fireworks, grill our hamburgers, eat our apple pie, let us remember what we have to be thankful for on this day of remembered Independence. And let us pray for all those who are fighting to keep America a free and independent nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice, and freedom, for all.