On the weekend when Americans celebrate their freedom, as on most holidays, my mind wanders to the incredible men and women who defend that freedom.
To those who serve,Â whatever their uniform or attire, I say thank you. And to their families, who make sacrifices that are so often overlooked, I offer my heartfelt gratitude and respect.
Our country existsÂ because of brave souls like them who, 240Â years ago, summoned their courage and refused to yield, using whatever talents they could offer toÂ construct the framework of a new country.
May we never take that hard-won freedom for granted and mayÂ we ever be inspired to find for our talents a bold and beautiful purpose.Â Happy Independence Day.