Independence Day 2016

JAL_IntouchOn July 4, 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence, declaring their independence from Great Britain. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th is celebrated as America’s birth day.

While the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back 240 years, July 4th has only been a federal holiday since 1941.

While enjoying the fireworks, parades and concerts, or just having a family gathering or barbecue, say a thank you to our union brothers and sisters who are working on July 4th. That’s because “AFSCME Never Quits” – we’re on the job every day providing the vital services our communities depend on.

And most important, let’s take a moment to honor those who serve in our armed forces, and their families, who have given so much to defend the ideals and the free institutions we often take for granted.

The dedication of our veterans and active duty personnel reminds us that preserving America’s liberties comes with a heavy cost.  Today, as we celebrate our nation’s birth, let us honor their service and strive to be worthy of their sacrifices.

God bless you and our great nation. Happy Fourth of July!

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