by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski
Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
6/23/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- On
July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of
Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next
day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as "the most
memorable epoch in the history of America" and saying he was "apt to
believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the
great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of
deliverance .... It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade ... from
one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever
Our founding father hit the mark. Indeed, 239 years later, we still
celebrate our nation's birthday with cookouts and music, parades and
fireworks. We deck ourselves and our backyards with red, white and blue
in tribute to our independence and as a show of our patriotism.
As we enjoy the festivities with friends and family, we should also
remember what our freedom costs, both to achieve and to sustain. Since
1776, thousands of Americans have given their lives in service to our
nation, and millions more have put their lives at risk to preserve our
democratic way of life.
Air Force Materiel Command is a key part of that service. Be proud that
we support democracy and uphold the ideals of our predecessors when we
provide our nation's warfighters with the resources they need.
Happy birthday, America!