Every July 4, Americans celebrate their nation’s independence in a flurry of fireworks and patriotic-themed celebrations.
At the heart of the national red, white and blue carnival lie core truths leaders throughout American history have eloquently described and articulated.
Their words point us toward the thread of values — values pertaining to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that bind together the melting pot of diversity that is the United States of America.
“I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.” – President William Henry Harrison
“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” – George Washington
“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land.” – Martin Luther King Jr.