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PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2007) USS Antietam (CG 54) (right), USS Preble (DDG 88) (center) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77) transit in formation during a joint photo exercise concluding Valiant Shield 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrel/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 14, 2007) USS Antietam (CG 54) (right), USS Preble (DDG 88) (center) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77) transit in formation during a joint photo exercise concluding Valiant Shield 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrel/Released)

CNO Adm. Richardson’s 4th of July Message

Team,

242 years ago today, our Founders came together and ratified the Declaration of Independence. On that day, the great democratic experiment that is the United States began.

On this day, it is a worthy thing to review some of the words that launched our great nation. On this day, we should take some time to think about what those words say, what the United States means.

On this day, we still take inspiration from the words of that day:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…”

“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.”

Thanks to all of you, especially those deployed forward today, who are giving so freely of your lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to protect this fragile thing: freedom.

J. M. Richardson, ADM, USN
Chief of Naval Operations

Editor’s note: This blog was originally published July 4, 2018, on Adm. Richardson’s Facebook page.

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