As we welcome in July, we get to celebrate Independence Day. As a child, you learn all about US history and about the Declaration of Independence, but I don’t think I really understood the significance until I was older. I appreciate the courage it took to declare freedom and to create a new government. I appreciate the rights we take for granted as American citizens, the right to think what we want to think and live our lives as we want to live them. I appreciate my independence. And while the country is not perfect, I do think it’s pretty amazing and I’m proud to be an American.