LANDGRAF: Celebrating our independence

By State Rep. Brooks Landgraf

Happy 4th of July to all of you out here!

This weekend as we celebrate the birth of our nation with pool parties, barbecues, or fireworks, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what this day stands for, beyond showing our pride for our country.

At a time when it seems we are more divided than ever, it’s important to remember that our founding fathers were dealing with an even more deeply factioned and divided nation 245 years ago when our war for independence began. But more important than any of their differences was their collective desire to be a free and independent nation. Despite their differences in religion or country of origin, they were willing to come together to work towards the independence and freedom that was ultimately best for every future American.

Not only did we as a country benefit, but we created the foundation of modern constitutional republic, providing a roadmap to freedom for anyone oppressed by their government. The idea that every human being has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has fueled revolutions in every corner of the globe, making July 4, 1776 — our Independence Day — one of the most important dates in human history. Needless to say, we have a lot to celebrate every 4th of July!

With the Texas Legislature headed into a special session later this week, we have an opportunity to continue the patriotic celebration by following the examples set by our Founding Fathers. We must set aside our differences and do the work necessary to ensure Texas is the best state in which to live, work and raise a family.

It is the thrill of a lifetime to serve the good, hard working people of West Texas in the Texas House of Representatives. I endeavor every day to honor the trust you have placed in me, and I will never stop working my tail off to amplify the voice of West Texas in the rooms and halls of the Texas Capitol.

I’d also like to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives everyday defending our freedom and those same ideals. While many of them can’t be home with family and friends this weekend to celebrate, I want them to know how much we appreciate their sacrifices, and to thank them for their service to our country.

I wish everyone a happy Independence Day weekend, and I hope that we can all take a little time to celebrate our great nation with family and friends.

Happy Independence Day and God bless Texas!