As our nation celebrates its birthday, and we commemorate the writing of the National Anthem 200 years ago, it is important to take a moment and reflect upon the amazing results that have taken place over the years. Thinking about the incredible hard work, and the bravery, of those who participated in the birth of our nation, we sometimes forget how truly revolutionary it all was.
As I delve further into my own family history, I am increasingly humbled by those who cam before me, several of whom were Patriots in the American Revolution. Tracing more details shows service to our country in many ways, both as soldiers in each war, as well as doctors and seamstresses and coal miners and farmers – regular people working to raise their families and be productive parts of their communities.
It is also true that much of our country’s history includes the immigrant experience – people who gave up a good deal to travel great distances, often at tremendous personal risk, for a chance at a better life. Time and again, different waves of immigrant groups came, trying to fit into the fabric of our nation. Each faced many challenges – language, money, religion, culture. Yet they persevered as best they could.
May we remember our past, and find ways to honor it every day as we participate in building for our own future, and that of our children and grandchildren and beyond.