Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel
First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance.
Sacrifice. On July 4th, we honor the sacrifice of our founding fathers who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. It was given to the young country by men who would come to know the high cost of what they did. Men who, in most cases, paid with their very lives. We’re free today because of the sacrifice of others. From the battle in Lexington and Concord in 1775 to present day Afghanistan.
But there are others who ensure we are safe, that allow our great Nation to pursue “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Again I’m reminded of what Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” There have been over 4055 firefighters and 5942 police officers who have paid the ultimate price of sacrifice in my lifetime, and thousands more prior to that. We honor them as we hold them in our thoughts during parades and memorials. And we honor their sacrifice as we live our daily lives, trying to make the world a better place and a safer place.
But I’d like to give you some encouragement, those of you fighting the fires, saving lives, and apprehending those who intend to do us harm. So I salute those of you who are out there keeping us safe, secure, and protected every day. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. Never forget that you are looked up to by countless people. Never forget that everytime you put on that uniform, you are making a difference.
I’ve said it before and will say it until I take my last breath, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough. Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.