Happy birthday, America. Thank you to everyone who makes us possible – The Downey Patriot


Our Founding Fathers did not take treason lightly, but they firmly believed in the arguments set out in the Declaration and, 11 years later, in the concepts of the Constitution: “We, the people of the United States, to form a union. more perfect, to establish justice, to ensure domestic tranquility. To ensure common defense, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings of freedom for ourselves and our posterity, order and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. “

And over the years, we’ve added a Bill of Rights and a total of 27 constitutional amendments to enshrine and further expand what it means to be an American. The right to a free press, the right to vote, to assemble peacefully, the separation of Church and State, the right to a speedy trial by a jury composed of one’s peers and the protection of citizens are all important. things new citizens to our country cite when asked why they wanted to become Americans. With the privileges granted to us by the Constitution, we have both civic duties and civic responsibilities to ensure the protection of our freedom.

As citizens of this great country, we have a civic duty, for example, to participate in the democratic process by voting and sitting on juries when called upon. Our civic responsibilities are a little different. As citizens, we have a responsibility to keep ourselves informed of current events and to encourage social participation in our democracy. We have a responsibility to make our communities better places to live and work, and we have a responsibility to volunteer and give back to our communities.

It’s part of what it means to be an American, and that’s why we celebrate Independence Day. July 4, our Independence Day, is about the freedom we enjoy as Americans.

But this freedom has not been easy. This year, as we commemorate our independence, let us remember how hard our ancestors fought so that we could be free.

They fought during the Revolution to make sure we could be freed from England. They fought in the War of 1812, and in both world wars, and now we are fighting on a modern battlefield that includes cyber and space. Freedom, as the saying goes, is not free. It is very expensive. It costs money, it costs time and it costs lives.

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