President Bush's proclamation
honoring the celebration of Independence Day is a reminder
that "Since July 4, 1776 ... our Nation has defended
and advanced liberty."
Bush stated that "In our time ... America
continues to proclaim liberty throughout the world, and
we remain a country full of hope and promise where opportunity
thrives, where all stand equal before the law, and where
our freedoms are celebrated."
In sending his best wishes to all Americans,
the president proclaimed that "Americans live in freedom
because of the enduring power of our ideals."
Following is the text of the president's
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
July 1, 2005
INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2005
Since July 4, 1776, Americans have experienced
freedom's power to overcome tyranny, inspire hope in times
of trial, and turn the creative gifts of men and women to
the pursuits of peace. Across generations, our Nation has
defended and advanced liberty.
The words of our Founding Fathers first
guided a country of 4 million souls, yet they put large
events in motion. When the Liberty Bell sounded at the first
public reading of the Declaration of Independence, one who
witnessed the birth of freedom in our country said, "It
rang as if it meant something." In our time it means
something still. America continues to proclaim liberty throughout
the world, and we remain a country full of hope and promise
where opportunity thrives, where all stand equal before
the law, and where our freedoms are celebrated.
Americans live in freedom because of the
enduring power of our ideals. In the midst of World War
II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt reminded our troops
that our Nation believes in the "right to liberty under
God -- for all peoples and races and groups and nations,
everywhere in the world." Today, a new generation of
Americans continues to defend our Nation and spread freedom.
On this Fourth of July, we honor the brave men and women
of our military, and their families, and we express our
gratitude for their courage, dedication to duty, and love
Laura and I send our best wishes to all
Americans on Independence Day. May God bless you, and may
God continue to bless America.
GEORGE W. BUSH