Senator John Thune
Across our country on Independence Day, families and friends gather around patriotic symbols of freedom and liberty. Every year thousands of people flock to the National Mall in Washington, DC, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and right in our own back yard to Mount Rushmore National Monument.
With the faces of some of our country’s most venerated presidents carved into the stone of the beautiful Black Hills, Mount Rushmore serves as a gathering place for individuals to reflect on the people throughout history who have shaped this nation.
Attending a lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore, it is easy to spot children in red, white, and blue outfits sitting on the laps of their parents and grandparents. These children are transfixed by the slow lighting of the presidential faces, and listen intently to stories about each of these great American heroes.
Mount Rushmore, along with so many other wonderful symbols of freedom, is how we pass on the appreciation for the contributions of our forefathers to the next generation. It is here we remember and commemorate the risks taken by our forefathers who put their lives, families, and futures on the line for the hope of bringing liberty to our young country. Their efforts some 236 years ago led to the birth of this great nation. In the words of Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams, “Posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and sufferings of their ancestors.”
Our nation continues to have the blessings of liberty and freedom our forefathers sought for their ancestors. As we remember our founders this time of year, we also remember our service men and women around the world who continue to bravely defend freedom, liberty, and the American dream.
Kimberley and I wish you and your family a very happy and memorable Fourth of July.