Dear Prince William friends, families, and neighbors,
You haven’t heard from me since my last email update this past December, as I was concluding my eight years as a Prince William County Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly.
Since then, many of you have emailed me to ask that I resume our periodic email updates on issues and activities in Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Until now I have resisted, but that changed this week after I received my 1000th request since January to resume our updates.
This July 4th holiday, I won’t speak to policy or other matters. Instead, I’ll speak about this very special time of year for the Anderson family, as I’m sure it’s special for your family, too.
It is the Fourth of July, when our Commonwealth and country celebrate America’s blessed Day of Independence—our 242nd as the Shining City on a Hill, as the beacon of hope for a yearning world, and as the greatest nation the world has ever known.
As we celebrate the founding of our nation, we would do well to remember the selfless and eternal sacrifice of the men and women who wear the cloth of the country. As we celebrate our freedoms on July 4th, we should remember, in the words of U.S. Army veteran Charles M. Province in his poem “It is the Soldier” (Copyright 1970) that:
“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Virginia General Assembly