Monday, July 04, 2011

Gov. McDonnell on Independence Day: "Remember that freedom is not free"

“As people around the Commonwealth and country raise their American flags, march in community parades and gather with friends and families to celebrate our Independence Day, we honor those who fought for and declared our independence 235 years ago, as well as the brave military men and women who continue to protect our freedom and liberty serving overseas today.

"We must always remember that freedom is not free.

"We have the duty to ensure that the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, given by our Creator, penned by Thomas Jefferson and forever enshrined by our forefathers in the Declaration of Independence in 1776, are secured for generations to come.

"These are the principles that for 235 years have guided our great nation. These are the principles the men and women of our armed forces serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world defend so valiantly today. These brave men and women have selflessly put their lives on the line to ensure our safety and security.

"We are forever grateful to them and pray for their safe return home. On this Independence Day, I wish all Virginians, residents of the cradle of American Democracy, heirs to a glorious past and architects of a prosperous future, a happy Fourth of July.”

--Governor Bob McDonnell
July 4, 2011

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