Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

Happy 4th of July

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The Fourth of July is about family, it's about the American family, it's about us getting together with those we love and cherish. We enjoy the barbecues the hotdogs, the burgers, and for some of us a day off from work, and we really enjoy the amazing fireworks displays.

But it is important that we remember what a miracle the United States of America is. How incredibly lucky we are that the country founders, were willing to take up arms and fight for freedom. And then people, inside this country, understanding that there were imperfections in our union and were willing to keep on fighting on behalf of extending that freedom to all people and not for some! People like, Crispus Attucks, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Archibald Grimké, Henry Moskowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling, Roy Wilkins, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Benjamin Hooks, Benjamin Jealous, The Buffalo Soldiers, The Tuskegee Airmen, The Montford Point Marines, the 761st Tank Battalion and many, many others, known and unknown who fought for freedom, justice and equality.

Our successes are possible only because of our republic’s Founders' central belief that through democracy and individual rights, ordinary people have it within their means to forge a country that is more just, more equal, and freer. This conviction has been carried forward and safeguarded by generations of heroes who have defended our principles at home and abroad - our brave men and women in uniform. Because of the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, we can enjoy the freedoms we rejoice in on this day. And in their example, we recognize the fundamental American faith first tested by those revolutionaries - the faith that tells us no challenge is too great, and that through tests and through trials, we will always emerge stronger than before.

We all know that our continued freedoms are dependent on these an incredible group of men and women in uniform who look out for us every single day. For those in our military we want to take this moment July 4, 2018 and let you know how much we admire, respect and appreciate everything you do to fight for our freedom every single day.

Yet, on this day we know America's journey is not sustained by our Armed Forces alone. We in the NAACP will continue our fight for freedom, justice and equality and will continue to defend and advance our mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

We wish you all the best for a happy Fourth of July. May God bless and protect all those who serve, and may God bless the United States of America.

Happy Birthday America

Raymond Miller

Raymond Miller, Chair

Armed Services and

Veterans Affairs Committees