Dear Fellow Floridians:
With Independence Day weekend just around the corner,
most of us are making plans to gather with family and friends to fire up the grill and enjoy a weekend full of Fourth of July festivities. This cherished holiday weekend is a time to relax with our loved ones, but perhaps more importantly, it is also a time to celebrate the principles of freedom and equality that our country holds dear.
In a diary entry, John Adams once wrote: "I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
Indeed, America is unlike any other nation in that it was founded on a vision. Our Founding Fathers made tremendous sacrifices to create a country that embodied the ideals of independence, opportunity, and freedom from tyranny. However, this freedom is not free, and it must be fought for and continually defended. As we get ready to celebrate with our family and friends, let us take a moment to reflect on the 56 patriots whose dedication to the principles of liberty allowed America to flourish and become one of the greatest nations the world had ever seen. Let us cherish and enjoy the blessings of independence, and honor those who made this celebration possible.
We must also take a moment to honor and thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who risk their lives daily to preserve and defend our freedom.
Happy Independence Day!
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida