My son, Andy, sent a note about the 4th of July to friends and family after he had returned from overseas.
I came across it while going through some old emails and would like to share it here.
is my first 4th of July celebrated in the United States for several years, but I can honestly say I've never felt far
from home. I think this is because of something to do with the oath we take as members of the US Armed Forces. We swear to
uphold and defend not a king, or a people, or a plot of land, but the Constitution and what it stands for - the equality and
freedom of mankind, and the continued efforts to create a society that can balance and integrate these truths with the necessities
of reality. Even as children we swear allegiance to the Republic our flag proudly represents.
we owe our fealty to nothing less than an idea.
"A Soldier I knew in Germany used to joke, 'Am I standing here? Then this is
America.' As silly and jingoistic as that is (and was meant to be), there is truth in it. No matter where I go, and no
matter what happens here, my country is alive. If all our borders were crossed, if every flag were burned and the halls of
congress torn down, all it would take is one beating heart to keep believing in the dream and my country would survive.
so whether abroad or at home I carry my nation with me as surely as I do my own family. Our country is not made up of institutions
and land mass. These are only what we have built to give us what we need - an arena for the ongoing revolution that is democracy.
America is made of people committed to that revolution, and it is because of that - because of us - that I have faith it will
"Freedom endures, and the pursuit of a more perfect union goes on.
"Happy Independence Day, my friends."