The Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
During America’s infancy, our forefathers dedicated themselves to the preservation of these rights. They willingly served their country, and in some cases, gave their lives to ensure that their fellow Americans could continue to live in a land of freedom and opportunity.
The government our Founding Fathers fought to establish is one in which each citizen has a voice, and its continuation depends on the consent of the governed. The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 — 239 years ago — formed the foundation of the United States of America and the principles that continue to guide our nation today.
Each year we come together to celebrate our independence by watching fireworks, attending parades and spending time with family and friends. It is important, however, to remember we are able to celebrate this day because of our Founding Fathers’ extraordinary contributions to our great democracy and our military bravely answering the call of duty time and time again.
As a member of the Ohio National Guard for more than 29 years, I have seen firsthand the tireless work of the servicemen and women who bravely defend our country and our liberty. Thanks to their sacrifices, we remain fortunate to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.
As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I look forward to hearing from you about this or any federal issues facing our nation.
Please do not hesitate to call my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2015, Hilliard office at 614-771-4968, Lancaster office at 740-654-2654, or Wilmington office at 937-283-7049 to share your thoughts with me.
Steve Stivers is an U.S. Congressman representing the 15th district of Ohio.