July 12, 2024

Celebrating 248 years of the Red, White and Blue

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks

As we come together this July 4th to honor the enduring spirit of America, a nation forged in the fires of revolution and fortified through generations of perseverance and patriotism, let us take a moment to acknowledge how far we have come as a nation.

In 1776, our Founding Fathers declared independence from oppression, laying the grounds for a country where individual freedom comes above all else.

Since that historic day, America has made remarkable strides. We’ve weathered wars that tested our resolve and emerged stronger. From the battlefields of Gettysburg to the shores of Normandy, American courage has secured a lasting freedom.

From the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age, American innovation has led to breakthroughs that have improved lives and allowed us to become the world’s largest economy.

So, whether it’s flying the first plane, landing a man on the moon, or inventing the internet, which has connected the entire world together, America continues to set the standard for achievement by pushing boundaries and surpassing milestones nobody thought could be achieved.

In Iowa, we live by the values that define us as a nation. From sunrise to sunset, Iowa’s farmers are hard at work to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation. Their toughness and dedication to helping others mirrors the spirit of all Americans who love their country, embrace opportunity and overcome all obstacles to build a better future.

As we celebrate our achievements, we must also defend the principles that have made America exceptional. We face challenges both at home and abroad that threaten our freedoms and way of life. It is through vigilance, unity, and a commitment to our founding principles that we will preserve the American Dream for future generations.

This 4th of July, let us also remember to honor our veterans, first responders, and all who selflessly serve our country and communities.

Let us stand together as proud Americans, united in our love for country and vow to continue upholding the values that have made America what it is today.