U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) was a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW for nearly seven years:
By Congressman Sam Johnson
“America’s Independence Day is a day I look forward to every year. It’s a day when we celebrate what makes our nation the greatest nation in the world. Our country has a truly unique history. Men and women came to America seeking freedom from persecution, and our Founding Fathers sought freedom from a monarchy – they declared independence to instead govern themselves and they created the first true republic of We The People. As a result, we are blessed beyond measure to live in a country where we enjoy freedom in its many forms – the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, and the freedom of religion, just to name a few.
“As we celebrate our freedom, we also honor the men and women who ensure that we remain the Land of the Free. After all, freedom is not free and we are only as strong as our protectors and defenders – our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line, many even giving their lives. I thank all our service members and their families for their dedication and their sacrifice.
“So as we join together to celebrate our American independence, I’d like to quote the last line from our Founding Father’s Declaration of Independence: ‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’
“To the families across Collin County I am privileged to represent, it is my prayer that God may continue to bless our Great Nation. And it is my pledge to you that I will continue to fight to uphold the values that founded America and our Constitution. May God bless you and your families. I salute you.”