Like many of you, I hope to spend part of this weekend celebrating our Nation’s birthday with family and friends. The Fourth of July does not seem complete without picnics, parades, fireworks, and the Sousa marches we have hummed since childhood.
As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all, an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American is about much more than the place we call home. It is a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, equality, and self-governance. Although freedom never truly comes without sacrifice, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom represents and for the opportunities it affords.
As NNSA employees, wherever you go, you are America. Your efforts to safeguard nuclear security is work that matters a great deal to our President, military partners, fellow citizens, and all who aspire to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I just recently returned from the United Kingdom where I had the pleasure of joining Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson, for an Independence Day Celebration. It was truly an honor to be in the great company of many Americans and one of our closest allies as we paid tribute not only to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but also to honor the special relationship between the our two countries.
As we kick off the summer on a celebratory note, I want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to our NNSA missions enterprise-wide. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside you as we help protect and defend our great Nation.
I wish each of you and your family a wonderful 4th of July and a safe summer!
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty