THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 2, 2004
INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2004
On Independence Day, we remember names like
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin --and we honor
their courage and vision. We are grateful that our Founders
pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor
to create an independent America. And we are thankful that
this Nation under God is still free, independent, and the
best hope of mankind.
America is a place of freedom and opportunity.
We are caring toward neighbors in need and generous to the
sick and struggling. We are a strong, decent, and good-hearted
country. All of us are blessed to be citizens of the United
States and are proud to call America our home.
This Fourth of July weekend, we think of
the men and women who are defending our freedom as members
of the United States military. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and
elsewhere, they are fighting the terrorists who threaten
America and the civilized world. Our Nation honors these
brave men and women, and their families, for their service
Laura and I send our best wishes to all
Americans for a safe and happy Independence Day. May God
continue to bless the United States of America.