Remembering that ‘Freedom’ isn’t ‘Free’ this Independence Day

Posted: July 3, 2012 in California Politics
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By Sen. Bob Dutton

As I gather this Independence Day with family and friends to celebrate the birthday of the greatest nation on the face of this earth, I would like to remind all of you that the freedoms we enjoy today are not free.

Since our forefathers formed this nation 236 years ago, more than 1.3 million citizens who have worn the uniforms of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard have died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today and another 1.5 million have been wounded. In our most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 6,300 have paid the ultimate price with their lives and nearly 42,000 have been wounded.

I would also point out the thousands of brave men and women who have died in the line of duty protecting our daily freedoms as members of local police forces and firefighters.

My fellow citizens, the freedoms we enjoy on this Independence Day have come at a steep price. So as you gather with family and friends and enjoy a barbecue, go to an Independence Day Parade, or take in a fireworks show to honor this nation, take a moment to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. Also remember all those serving around the world today, including our local police and firefighters and those in harm’s way in the Middle East.

May each of you enjoy this July 4th holiday and may God continue to bless each one of you and may God bless America.


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