Happy Independence Day! This July 4th, as we celebrate our great country and all that makes us proud to be Americans it is important to reflect on our nation’s history and those who have been called upon to preserve our independence.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted a declaration announcing that the 13 colonies would regard themselves as sovereign states. John Adams said of the occasion that “it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”. And so for the last 241 years we have honored Adams’ vision and have come together on the anniversary of our independence to celebrate the American dream.
Near the conclusion of the Civil War during his second inaugural address, President Lincoln affirmed our moral obligation as a nation to ensure that those who served us in uniform. His words, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” became the motto for the Veterans Administration and they should be a call to action for all of us.
Maine has one of the highest per-capita populations of Veterans in the country – so each of us has a deeply personal connection to the men and women who serve our country. Our service members and Veterans defended our freedom. When they return home, it is our duty as grateful citizens to care for them. With help from our generous donors, Easterseals Maine and Veterans Count have provided care to almost 1,500 Veterans across the state of Maine.
Please visit www.vetscount.org/maine to learn how you can help support a Veteran in need. Happy Independence Day!
Senior Director of Development