R 181727Z JUN 19
SUBJ/INDEPENDENCE DAY SAFETY MESSAGE//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On 2 July 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, on 4 July, they officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Even then, as the colonists celebrated, there were Warriors in harm's way fighting to make that independence a reality. Those early Americans continued fighting seven more years to secure the freedoms they declared. As we celebrate Independence Day each year, we also remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the Revolution and in every conflict since – we honor the men and women who have guaranteed our liberty for 243 years. For those still wearing the uniform, this is a time to demonstrate our pride in service and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals we are charged to defend.
2. For Marines, our sacred duty is to be ready whenever and wherever the Nation calls. Enjoy celebrating this holiday with family and friends, but remember that maintaining our readiness is a priority that requires the efforts and vigilance of every Marine and Sailor in our ranks. Make wise choices. Plan your travel to minimize time on the road between 2300 and 0600, when drivers are most susceptible to fatigue. Understand the effects of consuming alcohol and the potential dangers associated with activities around the water. Your families and your fellow Marines and Sailors are counting on you to stay safe and return from the holiday ready to train hard again. Respect the threats and let the idea of Independence Day remind you why our Nation needs her Marines. Look out for each other and do your best to ensure your fellow Marines and Sailors are not taking unnecessary risks.
3. I want to thank each of you for choosing to serve and fight for our great Nation. Our independence depends on citizens from each generation rising up to defend it. Thank you for answering that call. Enjoy this holiday weekend; but be ready for what lies ahead.
4. Protect What You've Earned, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//