Independence Day Greetings from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
It gives me great pleasure to wish you a very happy Independence Day!
While for most Americans the Fourth of July means barbecues, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue, to those of you serving abroad, these symbols are all the more special. Each and every day you work hard to represent our country and share our culture and values with our friends and partners across the globe. Today we mark the 236th anniversary of the birth of our nation, and celebrate its founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are not just American values, they are universal values, and so today is also a celebration of our common humanity.
As you celebrate, I hope you find time to reflect on America's rich history of progress toward fulfilling the promise of our founding and making our country a force for peace and prosperity. Remember, too, all those around the world today who are fighting to claim their universal human rights. We are proud to stand with them and to affirm that the ideals of freedom and opportunity we cherish are truly universal.
It is an honor and privilege serving as Secretary of State, and every day I am grateful for your remarkable service on behalf of our beloved country. Please know you have my best wishes for a safe and happy Fourth of July.
With warm regards, I am
Hillary Rodham Clinton