WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Shipmates and Navy Families,
As we celebrate America's birthday and 239 years of independence, let us remember the meaning of the 4th of July, the meaning of the Independence Day. What bonds Americans is our allegiance to an idea first declared in a spare hall in Philadelphia-that all of us are created equal. It is that undeniable declaration and intentional commitment to equality that we take pride in as we serve our great nation.
Let us reflect on a portion of the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
While many of our comrades take this time to come together, give thanks, and enjoy some well-deserved time with their families, let us not forget the thousands of Sailors who are deployed around the world protecting our freedom. Remember our Navy families who stand the watch at home so our Sailors can focus on missions on the ground, in the air, and at sea. Our Sailors, families, and Navy civilians provide a tremendous amount of dedication and sacrifice in the name of protecting the ideals that America was founded on.
Remember that you are our Navy's most valuable asset. Whether you are on the road or preparing for a family bbq, remember that your safety is paramount. If you choose to consume alcohol, do not drive. It's critical that each of you keep what you've earned.
Theresa and I thank you for everything you do to help keep our nation safe. We care deeply for you and wish all the best for a very happy Fourth of July!
MCPON and Theresa Stevens