While we prepare for picnics, BBQ’s, fireworks, and all of the festivities that make Independence Day an iconic American holiday, we do so with heavy hearts in San Antonio.
This has been a tough year for San Antonio, specifically our first responders. Together, we mourned the shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi in November, and we lost a brave firefighter, Scott Deem in May. The latest tragedy is the senseless shooting of two San Antonio police officers on Thursday.
So many of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans require the service of our first responders here at home and our military abroad. When we lose one of these brave public servants, it weakens the bonds that hold our country together. The only way to strengthen those bonds again is to lift up our men and women in uniform, make sure they know we have their back, and that we appreciate their sacrifices.
This Independence Day, I hope you will go out of your way to thank a first responder, a member of our military, or a Veteran. There is a good chance these heroes lost a colleague and friend this year, and more than ever, they need to know we recognize and appreciate their service.
Last year I was able to visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted 241 years ago. The lasting impression I took away is the importance of family, community, and country to our freedom. This Independence Day, I hope you are able celebrate and spend time with your loved ones and your community, in celebration of our country, the United States of America, and that you do so in honor of those who’s duty will not allow them to be with friends, family, or in their community this July 4th.