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It’s that time of year again. Cicadas are singing, sprinklers are churning, and folks across the Pelican State are firing up their barbecues. Amid these sights and smells of summer, there’s the joyous energy of freedom. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again: There is nowhere better than Louisiana, and there are no better neighbors than Louisianans to spend the Fourth of July with. We love our country in this state and have no problem showing it. From the pastures and bayous to Bourbon Street and Spanish Town, you’ll hear the bursts of fireworks and the sizzling of burgers on the grill. The stars and stripes line people’s lawns, and for a time, the so-called divisions that we draw amongst ourselves disappear in a greater sense of unity and understanding. BEHIND THE FIREWORKS REFLECTIONS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY “FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, WE COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE OUR SHARED BELIEF IN THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS THAT MADE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA POSSIBLE.” While our day-to-day cohesion as a country comes from a set of common laws and experiences, the Fourth of July highlights something deeper. From sea to shining sea, we come together to celebrate our shared belief in the fundamental principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that made the United States of America possible. That’s why we celebrate our country not on the date that the constitution was ratified, but on the day we declared our independence — when our Founding Fathers committed life and limb to the pursuit of these noble ideals in the face of tyranny.
The fundamental assertion that all men are created equal was first set forward on that hot summer day in 1776. Since that time, generations of brave Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that founding principle and the nation it made possible. The courage of those who stand in defense of liberty and equality, both at home and abroad, is an ever-present reminder that these ideals cannot be taken for granted. They need to be affirmed, reaffirmed, defended, and yes, celebrated. That’s the true beauty of the Fourth of July. Behind the fireworks, the barbecuing, the beer drinking, and the camaraderie, there’s something deeper. There is a joy in being able to have the freedom to do all of these things and more. A celebration not just of our independence as a nation but of the independence we ourselves are able to enjoy as a result. As lawyers, we see the real impact of this independence every day. Were it not for the rights to a fair trial in defense of our inalienable rights as citizens, our clients would have no recourse against those who have wronged them. We’re proud to help these folks ensure their rights are defended in our own, small way. It’s the least we can do for our fellow Americans.
Happy Independence Day,
–Cra ig Jon e s & Cra ig Hill
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