I was lucky to get to spend my Independence Day weekend in the Kaysville Parade as well as with my family in Washington, D.C. Wherever and however you celebrated, I hope you and your family spent meaningful time together honoring this great country of ours.
Every year, I am reminded that it is a privilege to live in a country where we enjoy so many freedoms.
It is my sincere wish that we can collectively honor our great country by exemplifying respect, fairness, civility, and a readiness to come together as we push toward a better future.
Three cheers for the red, white, and blue.
Recently, I brought my Yellow Couch to Logan, Utah for the Summerfest Arts Faire. I volunteered at the Creative Station and had the opportunity to meet Lizette and Laura - two outstanding community members.
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To close out, I wanted to share some reflections I had during this year's Independence Day celebrations. Of course, the 4th of July is the day we celebrate our nation's independence from Great Britain and the ensuing American Revolution.
My 5th great-grandfather, Jacob Spitler, was a revolutionary war soldier. He was born to Swiss immigrant parents in 1749 in Virginia. He was a farmer by trade who took up arms to create and defend this new nation of ours.
I'm grateful for my ancestors who fought for their freedom as well as ours. These were every day people from all walks of life – tradesmen, farmers, merchants, and more – who knew that future generations would be able to achieve great success with "a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
While Independence Day is a wonderful time to grill, enjoy the sunshine, and watch fireworks light up the sky, it's also a great opportunity to think about those who came before us, what they fought for, and how we can continue to make their inspired vision of a better nation a reality.
As we head into July, I'm looking forward to visiting Sanpete and Washington counties in coming weeks. I'm so excited to meet more of you on the Yellow Couch Tour. In the meantime, please reach out, volunteer, or consider giving a donation. Have an event idea, or a community event that we could highlight or support? Let us know! I know that together, we can create better leadership, better politics and better solutions for Utah.
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