Dear Flash,

The words of our forefathers echo in my ears today, and stir my heart in ways you can’t imagine.

These are the people who asserted, in the face of tyranny, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

These are the people who committed, in the face of inner turmoil, that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.

These are the people who recognized, with the nation at the brink of financial collapse, that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

These are the people who challenged, at a time doubt, to ask not what our country could do for us, but to ask what we could do for our country.

These are the people who had a dream.

Powerful words of a strong and diverse people. Our journey together has been a winding path, always searching for ways to spread our arms and expand our embrace. Yes, we have been lost at times, but have always seen our way through turmoil to growth and peace. As a people, we have a forward momentum which promises to sustain and nurture us for many more centuries to come. Many thanks are due to those who have led us on this road, and who have sacrificed that we may continue on.

Happy Independence Day, my friend.

Love, Nina



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