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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On 4 July 1776, the original 13 colonies asserted the independence of a new nation with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Every year on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American people unite to celebrate “the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that the founders of our great Nation risked everything to secure.
2. From the very early days of our Republic, the Marine Corps has cemented its role as America’s elite expeditionary force in readiness. Independence Day to a Marine is not just about parades and barbeques, it’s a time to reflect on what it means to serve, and how we can incorporate the Marines Corps core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment into this day.
3. Honor – honor the founders, as well as the Marines who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty and freedoms. Courage – have the courage to act against those who seek to do us harm. Commitment – stay committed in your service, to your fellow Marines, your family, and the people of this great country. As Marines, we remain vigilant and ready to defend our liberties and freedoms when the Nation calls.
4. This year’s celebration will look a little different. As our nation begins to reopen, opportunities to participate in traditional 4th of July celebrations may become accessible. Continue to be on guard to the health hazards we face and follow established guidelines throughout this holiday period.
5. To all Marines, Sailors, and families, I wish you all a happy 4th of July.
6. Semper Fidelis, General David H. Berger, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//