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Grateful Greetings, July 4, 2005

Independence Day should be a reminder that our freedom is not always secure. “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance...” (John Philpot Curran) At all times there is an element of securing or preserving the independence that has been won in the past by the courageous decisions and sacrifices of those who have gone before us. There are, however, times when the responsibility to defend freedom is greater than at other times. When freedom is attacked or lost, we must do those things necessary to win our independence again.

This is such a time for America. September 11, 2001 was the culmination of series of events that produced awareness in this nation that we – our freedom, our culture, and our society – were under attack. We cherish freedom but must realize that it is fragile…that it takes work to remain free from the influence, control, and restriction of others... that it takes steady vision, personal responsibility, and strong faith to preserve liberty. “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

On this 4th of July, may we Americans stand united and, once again, make courageous decisions and sacrifices to win our independence, “...and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity...”

In appreciation of your friendship,

Bradford L. Sims


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