The Fourth of July, when we commemorate our country's independence, gives a chance for all of us to ponder the actual meaning of citizenship. Being an American entails far more than just a physical location. It's about a sincere belief in the greater ideals of liberty, self-government, and equality.
Independence Day serves as a reminder to be grateful for the privileges and possibilities that our independence symbolizes. In honor of the brave men and women who have served and suffered to maintain and safeguard our rights, we are all humbled.
America is going through a difficult time in its history. We have always triumphed over adversity by remaining committed to building a great nation based on freedom, national unity, and social justice. Through the same positive vision of liberty and equality, we must broaden the circle of opportunity for all citizens.
I am sure that as we face the difficulties ahead, we will remain a nation that is compassionate to those in need and giving to those who are struggling. Patriotism takes many shapes, but it always entails serving a cause greater than ourselves.
Being born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon I also lived and raised to the occasion that every Lebanese is a cedar in the land which he immigrated to. Being here in the United States and with hard work towards the American dream I now came to a conclusion that: Our roots grow deep in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
May your Fourth of July be full with appreciation and gratitude for living in this magnificent land of opportunity, promise, and hope for you and your family.
God bless you, God bless Lebanon.
God bless America,
Nehme Gerges Melhem
President & CEO