FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2010
On July 4, we celebrate the great nation our forefathers envisioned with signing the Declaration of Independence.
One of its authors, John Adams, wrote to his wife two days before the official signing, "The (second) day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."
While our country faces perilous times with war and unrest around the world, a still struggling economy and the challenge of reforming health care, we can be proud that we stand united as a nation despite these challenges.
As Americans, we traditionally help one another and other nations. This summer, we will again witness this American spirit through Operation Lone Star 2010.
This joint, well-coordinated effort brings state health and human services agencies, Texas military forces and county health departments together to offer free medical services to under-served communities along the Texas border.
I believe that no Americans should die because they can't afford to live.
Operation Lone Star saves lives not only by providing border Texans access to immunizations, but also through diabetic and blood pressure screenings.
Hundreds of local service groups and volunteers also offer hearing and vision exams, sports physicals, as well as limited pharmacy and dental services.
This volunteer spirit is a classic example of Americans helping make this country great by helping others. A healthy population also means children who can learn in school and adults who can be productive workers. We all benefit from a healthy society.
There is a lot to celebrate on Independence Day. We have to remember not just what transpired in 1776 and the famous men who signed the Declaration, but what their intent was for 2010.
Operation Lone Star, in my opinion, has become part of that intent to establish a free nation that offers the highest living standards and demands that Americans roll their sleeves up to make it happen.
This July 4, as you celebrate our country's independence, remember what it means to be an American both at home and abroad.
We especially thank and salute our men and women who have served this country and those currently serving.
And to the hundreds of Operation Lone Star volunteers, thank you for being great Americans.
Happy Fourth of July!
As always, if you have any input or questions regarding these or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact Doris Sanchez, my Communications Director, 512-463-0385.