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Happy 4th of July, All

This sunday is the 228th celebration of our Nation's Independence.

To say that the last few years have been challenging for our country would be a severe understatement. On a daily basis, we're faced with the looming threat of terrorism within our very own borders. Former allies now criticize our actions abroad. Family and friends risk their lives every day in a foreign land -- many making the ultimate sacrifice.

No, it's not alwasy easy to feel patriotic on a day like Sunday. But despite all the obstacles we face, this is still a wonderful place to live. I'm proud to be an American -- and to have the honor sharing my own birthday with that of our country's.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

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