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On the Fourth of July, the United States will be celebrating its 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on and celebrate the rights, liberties, and freedoms we all share in this country. We must also not forget those who bravely fought in the pursuit of securing and protecting these important values. For 243 years, our ancestors have worked tirelessly to shape and build the great nation we have today. We must not forget this effort and continue to strive for the betterment of this nation for those who come after us.

The Americans in the early 1770s saw a pattern of increasing oppression and corruption happening all around the world. The reason we reflect back on what happened is because The Declaration of Independence was actually designed for multiple audiences, the King of England, the colonists and the world. This message is still important for us to each remember and reflect on within this world. It was also designed to rally the colonist troops, win over foreign allies and announce the creation of a new country. Our ancestors pulled together over great distances (from Georgia to New Hampshire), fought many battles even before the Declaration of Independence and against great odds in many endeavors to formally establish an independent union of states on July 4th 1776.

The acts performed 243 years ago were to declare a justified separation and to begin to identify the unalienable rights of all men. They had a vision to create a just, stable, free government, one that was independent and absolved all allegiance to the British Crown. They envisioned a government that protected the certain unalienable rights of all of its citizens as stated in the Declaration of Independence. This vision of theirs was to be different than any other nation on the earth at that time. With this in mind we must constantly remain vigilant to sustain and carry forward their vision for all of our citizens.

We remember their vision and tenacity to declare a complete break to establish these “Free and Independent States." As we celebrate the founding of this nation I urge everyone to take time to be with family, to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner. Overall, I hope you and your family have an enjoyable Fourth of July!

My office remains open during the interim you may contact us at 402-471-2719 or by emailing at bbostelman@leg.ne.gov.

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