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Our Opinion: Celebrating independence

July 04, 2001

On this day, the 225th anniversary of our nation's birth, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for, but how many of us have any inkling of just what sacrifices our forefathers made so we could be free?

Tonight we'll gather with family and friends, either at barbecues and swimming parties or to watch fireworks explode over a hot and muggy nighttime sky. With all the fun to be had we'll likely have little time to really contemplate the gravity of those sacrifices made by a great many so that our United States could rise from a loosely banded land of colonial rebels to the most powerful union in the world.

In the generations since our forefathers put their lives on the line to sign the Declaration of Independence, U.S. citizens have repeatedly tested their loyalty to this country by fighting wars to protect democracy. Americans have repeatedly shown they still are willing to pay the ultimate price in the name of freedom. That is not a point to be taken lightly, and right here in the Imperial Valley, we have our share of brave souls who gave their lives for their country.

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We urge Imperial Valley residents on this Fourth of July to take just a few moments to remember the meaning behind the holiday. When gathering with the thousands of other Valley residents at IVC for Freedom Fest 2001, in Calipatria for fireworks and fun in Calexico for a community party, take pride in the fact you are not just part of the Imperial Valley community but are part of a free nation.

America is not perfect. Our country has more problems than could be mentioned in this editorial space. Still, no one ever said America had to be perfect. Even with its problems this country has a lot to offer those who call it home. And America has a lot to offer the world, from our ideals of liberty to our belief that all men and women have rights that cannot be stolen.

We may have a long way to go before we can say our nation is a perfect place, and it may never be, but if there is one point we all can take pride in today, it is that America offers hope, hope that was born long ago when 56 members of this colonial English possession we now call home took quill to parchment and signed on for independence.

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