07/04/2006 12:07 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

4th of July: More Than Fireworks and Cookouts

While I enjoy the fireworks and the cookouts, to me the 4th of July is about honoring a nation that has inspired millions, a nation of endless opportunity, and a nation where countless Americans are doing their part to make our country and our world a better place.

But more than this, July 4th is a time to celebrate our nation's quest for freedom and liberty. These were values worth fighting for. These are values that should never be compromised. May God bless the United States of America.