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The is a picture of a 9’ x 12’ brick sculpture on the side of our office building at 426 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV. It was created by Brick Sculpture By Cannon, Inc., Phenix City, Alabama, and was installed in October, 2005. We invite you to come by and see it.

Grateful Greetings, July 4, 2006

In the absence of universal truth, there are no absolutes. Truth becomes each person’s self selected definition, and right and wrong are determined in the court of public opinion...sometimes by a vocal minority. But universal right and wrong do exist. The very foundation of this country relies on the concept of universal truth. "We hold these truths to be self-evident...."

How then do we exercise proper stewardship of this nation of freedom? It has been said democracies don’t have their freedoms taken away by some external force. Instead they give their freedom away one piece at a time.

If we are to restore and uphold the culture that created this great nation, we must reaffirm our fight for freedom. Our flag, our pledge, our national motto, our way of life are under attack. If we do not respond we are simply giving our freedom away. May each of us individually, and all of us collectively, resolve to fight for freedom and to stand for those principals of right and wrong upon which America was founded.

As Lincoln said, "Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." With this in mind let us "resolve to succeed" in preserving freedom now and for future generations.

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,

H. Herchiel Sims, Jr


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