Wow, it’s hard to believe you’re celebrating another birthday already! You look great for 226! Despite the hardships and challenges you have faced throughout history, day in and day out, you continue to forge onward and upward.
We recently honored those who died while serving in your U.S. military with Memorial Day, and acknowledged the 70th anniversary of D-day – the day the U.S. and Allied Forces invaded Normandy, France, in WWII, which was a significant turning point in this war.* Nevertheless, your birthday gives us another opportunity to reflect upon your armed forces. We cannot forget how instrumental they have been/are to the freedom that affords you the opportunity to do great things.
We’d also be remiss if we did not pay tribute to the unrecognized heroes of your past and present. These are the ordinary folks whose perseverance, hope, and selflessness have made you what you are today. Have you noticed this same spirit can be found in the supporters and volunteers of the American Red Cross? Throughout your history and the lives of your citizens, there have been (and will continue to be) “bumps” along the way. Fortunately, since the early 1880s, you have had the Red Cross on your side. These volunteers are quick to respond to those in need, enabling your citizens to recover and move forward.
On your special day, America, we revel in your longevity, and rightfully celebrate your birth with friends and family, enjoying great American fare and fireworks. It’s only fitting that we also give thanks to the protectors, builders, and healers that got you here. There is something about you that continues to attract and inspire such remarkable people. Happy Birthday to you, America, and Happy Fourth of July to all!
* In case you’re wondering, there is another patriotic holiday over the summer that often is overlooked: Flag Day, which honors the American flag on June 14. On this date in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that outlined the design of the American flag. Except for the number and arrangement of stars, the American flag has not deviated from that original design.