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Sen. Paul Scott

We are approaching Independence Day, July 4th. This year, America will celebrate her 243rd birthday. The Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the document which proclaimed America’s independence from England.

Webster Dictionary defines “patriotism” as devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country or national loyalty. July 4th calls for fireworks, hotdogs and gatherings with friends and family It is so wonderful to see everyone displaying American flags in their yards, in front of their businesses or on their cars. People wear red, white and blue to show their pride in their country. It makes me very proud and I enjoy all of the festivities.

I wanted to share my deep respect for this special day, Independence Day, July 4th. We celebrate Independence Day because of what it stands for, our freedom, our independence as a nation. We honor those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy. Our U.S. Flag is the symbol to the world that we live in a free country, a place where we can feel safe. Those stars and stripes represent all 50 states that enjoy the freedom and independence that our nation experiences every day. This is the time that we remember our military troops and honor those soldiers who fought and died for our freedoms. Veterans deserve our utmost honor and respect. A key ceremony was held last week in SD43 and I was privileged to attend. Homes For Our Troops honored a disabled veteran with keys to a new custom home. It was a very exciting ceremony but also another humbling reminder as to why we celebrate holidays like July 4th. The veteran who received the keys to a new home paid a price for his family and all of us to serve our country. A new home is just a small token of our appreciation. As you enjoy your cookout and fireworks, take notice of the U.S. Flags all around you, waving in the sky as a reminder that we truly do live in the home of the free and brave. Let’s remember the sacrifices all of our veterans have made for our freedom as we celebrate July 4th.

There are many ways we can show our patriotism year round. I believe the best way is to be involved in your government. People fought and died so that we could live in a republic where every person has a voice and the opportunity to vote. Having the right to vote is what sets us apart from other countries. Being an informed voter is another way to show your patriotism. It’s important that we educate ourselves on the issues affecting our communities and our state. To me, being a good patriot means being informed and being involved in your local and state government.

Volunteering in one’s community is also another way to show your patriotism. Oklahoma is blessed to have so many charitable organizations and our citizens have been recognized as some of the most giving in the country. We can help our communities by making monetary donations or volunteering our time. There are so many opportunities from tutoring kids at your local schools, delivering meals to senior citizens or picking up trash in a park. Our opportunities to reach out to our communities and make them better are endless.

Enjoy celebrating Independence Day and remember to show your patriotism every day. We want everyone to know we are grateful and proud to be Americans. God bless OKLAHOMA and God bless the UNITED States of America!

Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions or concerns you might have regarding legislative matters. It is a privilege to serve you and I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at paul.scott@oksenate.gov or (405) 521-5522. You can also write me at the state Capitol at Sen. Paul Scott, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 428, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.