Two hundred and forty-four years ago, a group of brave men came together to form a more perfect union – the United States of America. 

While our earliest patriots came from different backgrounds and walks of life, they were united by a belief in simple truths.

They believed we are all created equal, we all have certain rights and among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

These values have been sustained by the sacrifice, commitment, and dedication of Americans who stood up and served since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

 Over 41 million of those citizens have put their lives on the line in the defense of the freedoms and liberties that are the cornerstone of the American way of life.

America’s service members, veterans and even their families share a special bond with each other.

No matter what branch of the military they served, those who wear the uniform of our country have a special understanding of service and what it means to defend freedom and liberty.

That is why we are gathering here today – to celebrate these freedoms and liberties and say “Happy Birthday, America!”

And let us not forget the men and women of our Armed Forces serving today and the sacrifices of their families.

We especially want to remember those service members and military families who spend American holidays serving our country far from their home.

They keep us safe, and they keep the United States of America a shining beacon of hope for the world.

And for that, they and their families deserve not only the appreciation of a grateful nation, but every citizen’s enduring commitment to serve them as well as they serve and protect the United States of America.

Thank you, again. Not only for your time today, but for your service to our great nation.

God bless you, God bless your families, and God bless the United States of America.

- Commissioner Mike Roby