President Obama delivered a weekly address for the 4th of July, tying the work of past generations to today's task of delivering on promises of liberty and opportunity. The president also thanked our men and women in uniform for the work that they do and the sacrifice that they make:
"Generations of Americans made our country what it is today - farmers and teachers, engineers and laborers, entrepreneurs and elected leaders - people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, all pulling in the same direction.
And now we, the people, must make their task our own - to live up to the words of that Declaration of Independence, and secure liberty and opportunity for our own children and for future generations.
I want to say a special word of 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've fought on our nation's behalf to make the world a better, safer place. People in scattered corners of the world are living in peace today, free to write their own futures, because of you. We are grateful for your service and your sacrifice, especially those serving in harms way and your families here at home." (transcript)
President Obama's Weekly Address: