As if in recognition of the bright meaning of independence, the sun has actually appeared in the skies of central Ohio on this Fourth of July. After weeks of drab skies and rain, it is like a giant fireworks display. Its warming presence will help all of us celebrate Independence Day with a positive spirit.
At some point during this day of parades, cookouts, sparklers, and ice cream cones, we should all pause for a moment and soberly recall that liberty and freedom have not been gained and secured without enormous cost. Yesterday on my walk home from the office I stopped by the veterans memorial plaza in front of the Ohio Statehouse to read some of the letters that remind us starkly of the sacrifices so many have made on our behalf.
If you go to a Fourth of July parade today, be sure to give the veterans passing by a heartfelt salute and a standing ovation. After 239 years, we still need those dedicated men and women on the front lines, protecting our country and our freedom from those who wish to do us harm. We owe them, and their families, more than we can properly express.