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Robert Hurt: Honoring our nation’s independence

robert hurtAs we come together this Monday to celebrate the 240th year of our nation’s independence, let us take the opportunity to reflect on our Founders’ understanding of our fundamental rights as individuals and their belief that only a system of representative democracy– supported by the rule of law– could guarantee our God-given rights.

When the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they risked all they had for this budding nation and paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities we often take for granted today.  The Declaration of Independence not only called for freedom of the people of this country, but also enshrined for the future the American principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise – the very principles that have made this the greatest country on earth and have served as a beacon of freedom for the world.

As Americans across the country pause to recognize this important occasion with family and friends, it is also a special day for those who have recently taken or will be taking the oath of American citizenship and will share the thrill in celebrating their first Independence Day.  I have had the privilege of attending naturalization ceremonies around the Fifth District in years past, and if you have yet to observe a naturalization ceremony, I would strongly encourage you to plan to attend one in the future.  In addition to the landmark ceremony at Monticello on July Fourth, there are many others throughout the year, including one at Patrick Henry’s home at Red Hill.  I feel certain that the ceremony will make you proud.

Finally, as we celebrate the birth of our great nation, we remember all of those who have sacrificed so much so that we may be free and those who continue to defend our American way of life for future generations.  I hope you will join me in thanking all the brave men and women who serve our nation so that we may daily enjoy the blessings of freedom, and I wish you and your family a happy and safe Fourth of July.

If you need any additional information or if we may be of assistance to you, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.

Robert Hurt represents the Fifth District of Virginia in Congress.



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