Dear Fellow Floridian:
On July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams said in a speech celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, “It stands, and must forever stand alone, a beacon on the summit of the mountain, to which all the inhabitants of the earth may turn their eyes for a genial and saving light, till time shall be lost in eternity, and this globe itself dissolve, nor leave a wreck behind. It stands
forever, a light of admonition to the rulers of men; a light of salvation and redemption to the oppressed.”
As we celebrate one document’s monumental impact on the forming of a nation, we remember the bravery of the signers of our Declaration of Independence who stood up against tyranny and fought for liberty and freedom. Our founding fathers risked their lives to formulate a union that was by the people and for the people, and to create a nation that would be a beacon for all who craved freedom and liberty. America has stood for 236 years by holding true to our founding principles. If we are to stand another 236 years, we must not allow our nation to be swept away by the whims of a few, but rather, listen to the voice of the majority and remain faithful to our founding principles.
In gathering with friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July, let us never forget the magnitude of what those 56 patriots did in signing our Declaration as we honor those who defend our nation and cherish the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida