The Fourth of July is not only the peak of summer, it is also when we remember who we are as a country, as well as who we need to be moving forward. As you celebrate with friends and family, I invite you to remember what being an American means to you.  For so many different reasons, whenever I see fireworks explode above, I have never had a dry eye when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner. I hope I never do.

Happy Birthday, America, and Happy Fourth of July to you all.

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

-Lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith