It’s Independence Day, a day Americans traditionally celebrate the freedoms earned more than 200 years ago. It’s easy to take the lives we enjoy for granted.
But when we reflect on news reports that tell of an aggressive Islamic State hell-bent on doing us harm and of a Russia seeking to reassert itself by taking land from its neighbors and of Iran on the brink of negotiating for the right to have nuclear weapons, we should pause in thanks for how well we live in America in 2015.
That’s not to say that we’ve achieved Nirvana, that there isn’t room for improvement. For every step we take, we seem as often to take one back.
Rather than be part of the growing chorus of critics who choose to divide us by riding the country down, why not work to become part of the effort to make America better? An inclusive America that respects the value of all its citizens is better positioned to serve as an example of hope to parts of the world that struggle to find freedom.
This Independence Day, resolve to do your part to improve the lives of all. Give thanks for our freedom and work to ensure it’s preserved for generations to come.
This weekend marks the third anniversary of my founding the Veteran Beer Company. As we pass this milestone, I pause to recognize and appreciate those–past and present–who have contributed to our ongoing success. Thanks to those who have been involved and have worked in an effort to make a positive impact on the national crisis of Veteran unemployment.
We’ll keep leaning forward in the trenches, brewing some of the best and most innovative beers in America.
Happy 4th of July. Happy birthday, Veteran Beer Company.