Celebrating Independence Day is one of our country’s most cherished traditions. It’s a time to spend with friends and family, and also offers us a moment to pause and reflect on the ideas and values that gave birth to our nation.

In the words of the wise former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt: “freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” These words can’t be more relevant today, and we each have a part to play in the obligation to protect the freedoms that we love.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful 4th of July with their loved ones as we celebrate everything that makes our country strong and special.