Independence Day
America’s celebration of freedom

Gen. Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong
U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander

***image1***For the past 229 years, Americans have commemorated the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This document, signed by our great country’s forefathers, conceived a new nation and put into writing the democratic freedoms and inalienable rights we so cherish today.

Since its conception, the principles of the Declaration of Independence – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – have been a bedrock of inspiration. Our belief in the vision it established unites us as Americans and as those in service to our nation.

From the Revolutionary War to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Americans have sacrificed their sons and daughters for our coveted virtues of freedom, democracy and equality. Bringing their courage to the fight, many of these young men and women have paid the ultimate price for the liberties we enjoy today.

As we celebrate this 4th of July with family and friends, let us remember our brothers and sisters in arms who are deployed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan ensuring our freedoms at home and around the world.

In addition, as you enjoy the traditional picnics and barbecues, also reflect on Old Glory and everything she represents. Every day our flag flies high as a symbol of peace and freedom; as America’s military we’re tasked with preserving these cherished rights.

Thanks for all the great work you do for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, the United States of America and the world!