The men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.
On this day let us remember the courage of our Founding Fathers 237 years ago as they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create a new nation dedicated to the ideals of freedom and liberty.
We also remember all the soldiers who 150 years ago met in one of the fiercest battles in our history out in the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The three days of combat resulted in approximately 50,000 casualties.
The victory of the Union Army at Gettysburg turned the tide of the American Civil War, ensuring that slavery in this country would be abolished and that the United States of America would be preserved as a single, unified nation.
As President Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address months after the battle:
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July, celebrating our nation’s independence and freedom, as well as remembering all of those who came before and whose shoulders we now stand upon.