Two hundred and forty years ago, with the stroke of a pen, the signers of the Declaration of Independence took a valiant stand in defense of the principles of freedom and democracy. Decades after that momentous day, I believe these principles which emboldened our Founding Fathers to fight against tyranny, continue to live in the hearts of all Americans. We Americans hold these principles in high regard and for me, there is no truer reflection of our commitment to these principles than through the commitment exemplified by our brave men and women in uniform.
While generations have passed since the signing of our Declaration of Independence, our honorable active duty personnel and Veterans are a present-day representation of the valor and sacrifices made long ago by our Founding Fathers. Both share a vision for a better country, a willingness to make immeasurable sacrifices to protect freedom and democracy and a commitment to serving the country they so love. Thanks to them we can fly the flag of the United States with dignity and pride. And to build upon their legacy, I have introduced legislation to protect the American flag, Senate Constitutional Amendment 2, which prohibits state funded campuses from banning the U.S. flag, and Senate Bill 102 which requires that all American and California state flags purchased by state and local governments be manufactured in the United States.
In California, we are proud to be home to more than 168,000 active duty personnel and more than 2 million Veterans, all of whom have dedicated their lives to keep the vision of our Founding Fathers alive. In my capacity as a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Military Council, I am proud to promote policies that ensure that these heroes have the support services they need to succeed during and after their military service.
As we gather this 4th of July at family barbecues, parks and beaches to celebrate our Independence, I invite you to join me not only in commemorating the birth of our great nation and the brave men who established our independence but by also honoring the brave men and women who have fought and continue to fight in all corners of the world to defend it.
Wishing you and your family a happy, safe and sane 4th of July!
Senator, 34th Senate District
California State Legislature