Senator Murkowski Wishes Alaskans a Happy Fourth of July

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following reflections on the Fourth of July:

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“Over 230 years ago, a collection of very brave and thoughtful men put their names and lives on the line to support a visionary idea, writing:

“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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

“Today we honor those patriots who crafted our country’s identity – and we appreciate every man, woman and child who has shared it, refined it and lived it.  There is a reason why the rest of the world looks to America as a bold leader, and it began in Philadelphia on July 4th in 1776.  It continues nationwide today – our independent spirit, our ambition, our sense of generosity – and we certainly see that here in Alaska.

“We see it in communities large and small, as we solve problems and work together to make life better and the future brighter.  Today, we take a moment to realize that we do all this without thinking about it – and that nearly few other countries in the world can boast the same.

“But as we take a moment to appreciate all that we have, we must never forget the cost of freedom.  Thousands have given their lives to secure the blessings of liberty.  Men and women in uniform are serving bravely overseas, enduring tremendous sacrifice, while countless others guard our shores, protect our interests abroad and defend our skies here at home.  Their burden is shared by the families who endure empty spots at the dinner table, missed birthdays, and absence from special moments like a child’s first steps.   Freedom is indeed perishable and we’re grateful for those who safeguard our liberty for our children and grandchildren.

“As Alaskans, we honor our veterans and the freedoms they defend.  We speak our minds and we think big thoughts – bounded only by the limits of our imagination.

“On this Independence Day, I am honored to represent Alaska in the United States Senate.”