Commentary | July 4: 'Redouble your commitment to the principles that make our nation great'

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  • By Col. Jeffrey Holland
  • 75th Air Base Wing commander

Two-hundred and forty-seven years ago, as the sparks of revolution began to spawn flame across the colonies, 56 representatives signed the Declaration of Independence. Hailing from different backgrounds, representing different regions, and championing different interests, they united in their commitment to the principles of liberty, justice, and equality. Together, they charted the path our nation continues to follow as it attempts to realize everyone’s unalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This 4th of July, we will celebrate our nation’s independence in parades, concerts, backyard barbecues, and firework shows. In patriotic displays, the American flag, its colors, and components will surround us, adorning our clothes, parade floats, stage bunting, tablecloths, and even beverage cans. In the day’s noise and excess, it is easy to forget that true patriotism lies not in one’s willingness to celebrate others’ achievements for a day but in our enduring commitment to make individual contributions in pursuit of liberty, justice, and equality for all.

This Independence Day, please redouble your commitment to the principles that make our nation great. As uniformed and civilian Airmen, we have a greater responsibility to uphold our nation’s values and advance its interests. Locally, we have the opportunity to participate in Project One, an initiative designed to increase our mission readiness through belonging and community. Working along fives lines of effort—Uniformed & Civilian Airmen, Primary & Secondary Schools, Government & Colleges, Community Partnerships, and Religious & Spiritual Support—Project One will help each of us in our “pursuit of happiness” as we make our homes at Hill Air Force Base and within the local communities. Look for the Project One logo displayed with this post as a quick way to identify affiliated events and engagement opportunities. If you’d like to know more and get involved, please ask your supervisors or commanders/directors.

Today, enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate our nation’s founding and the principles for which it stands, and be safe in all your activities.