My Fourth of July celebration message today is different. We, the people of the United States of America are here today, built on a tumultuous past. Whereas in the past this day has been about celebrating how we gained independence as a nation (for me anyway). Today it becomes about recognizing that many atrocities occurred to get us here, people of cultures have been mistreated and nearly or even completely annihilated. Yet we today know this as history, not of “our personal doing”. The story is a tough one to know. But it is important to recognize.
So today I want to say Happy Independence Day to all for what those in our past have all overcome and that I am truly sorry for past atrocities of my culture.
We are here to come together to remember them so we can rise above them in a celebration, of today and tomorrow recognizing, if nothing else, we are here in our diverse beauty and it could have been worse, a lot worse.
Thank you for being here with me in this time that we may all celebrate the Independence we have all benefited from through our tumultuous past.