Obama on the Significance of the 4th of July

The president discusses the American Revolution and importance of our history.
2:50 | 07/06/13

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Hi everybody. I hope you all had a safe and happy fourth of July filled with parades and cook outs fireworks apparently -- We celebrated the white house with a few hundred members the military and their camps. -- took a moment amid the festivities to remember what our Independence Day is all about. What happened 237 years ago and what it meant to the world. On July 4 1776. The small band of patriots declared that we were people created equal. Free to think and worship and live as we please. It was declaration heard around the world that we were no longer columns. We were Americans. And our destiny would not be determined for us it would be determined by us. It was a bold and tremendously brave thing to do. Was also nearly unthinkable. At the time kings and princes and emperors ruled the world but those patriots were certain that -- better way it was possible. And to achieve it to win their freedom. They're willing to lay it all on the line. Their lives their fortunes their sacred honor. They fought a revolution. Few would have bet on their side to win but for the first of many times to come America proved the doubters wrong. And now two -- 37 years later the United States. This improbable nation is the greatest in the world. A land of liberty and opportunity. A global defender of peace and freedom. A beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish those ideals. Generations of Americans made our country what it is today. Farmers and teachers engineers and laborers. Popped open doors and elected leaders. People from all walks of life from all parts of the world all polling in the same direction. And now we the people. Must make their task RO. To live up to -- words of that declaration of independence and secure liberty and opportunity. For our own children and for future generations. Plus a special word thanks to the men and women of our military who played such a vital role in the story of our nation. You've defended us at home and abroad and you fought on our nation's have to make the world a better safer place. People in scattered corners of the world are living in peace today -- to write their own futures because of you. We are grateful for your service and your sacrifice. Especially those still serving in harm's way and your families here at home. So god bless you all and may god bless the United States of America.

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