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Massachusetts students inspire school bus driver to return to college, finish degree

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A Massachusetts school bus driver returned to the classroom and earned his college degree, thanks to encouragement from the students he drove every day.

Clayton Ward attended college in Virginia but dropped out after a few semesters when the demands of school and work became too much. He moved to Framingham, Mass., and took up driving school busses, much like his family did back in his home state of Tennessee.

As he drove the students to and from school every day, he would talk about their classes. As a self-described history buff, Clayton shared what he had learned from his few previous semesters at college.

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Clayton Ward was inspired to return to college by the very students he drove to and from school every day.  (Massbay Community College)

“I really enjoy working with kids, especially the high school students, and during the bus routes, we would chat about their classes,” Clayton said in a statement on the MassBay Community College website.

After some discussions, the students would say they wanted Clayton as their teacher.

“I think they only said that because I was a different person than their regular teachers, educating them in a different way to pique their interest,” Clayton explained. “But, however small that mention was from those kids… it stuck with me and gave me the motivation to complete a goal I had started years ago.”

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Talking to his student passengers renewed his “sense of passion for expanding and teaching young minds,” he said, so Clayton enrolled at MassBay Community College in May 2019. His goal was to become a high school history teacher, first by earning his associate degree, then transferring to a four-year institution.

Clayton worked full-time as a bus driver and also attended classes full-time at MassBay. He would take classes between route shifts and every night, as well as classes online to complete his requirements.

He graduated one year later with a 4.0 GPA — the highest GPA in the Liberal Arts Program and the Humanities and Social Sciences division, the school said.

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In the fall, Ward will transfer to Framingham State University to pursue his bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in secondary education.

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Astronaut Doug Hurley tweets pic of American flag from International Space Station

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Astronaut Doug Hurley tweeted a picture of the American flag as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, to celebrate the nation’s independence and Fourth of July holiday.

“Wishing everyone in the USA a Happy 4th of July from the @Space_Station,” he tweeted, adding an American flag emoji to the message.

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Hurley, a veteran of Space Shuttle missions, docked into the Space Station in May and boarded the orbiting space lab following the eagerly-anticipated launch of the Demo-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission marked the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.

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Hurley also made headlines last month when he gave the command to fire engines for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report 

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Former Rep. Allen West: July 4th has special meaning for me as a black man who overcame discrimination

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Having served 22 years in the U.S. Army and rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, it always fills me with great pride to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.

The extraordinary tale of how 13 ragtag colonies stood up to the most powerful nation in the world at the time to form a free, constitutional republic is one of the greatest stories ever told.

Yet it seems many Americans are embarrassed to celebrate our history. In fact, there are some who are actively trying to rewrite and even erase it.

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In recent days, we have seen vandals deface monuments and topple statues, all in the name of so-called “social justice.”

While their main target has been memorials of Confederate figures, protesters have gone as far as removing The Pioneer Mother, a sculpture of a woman sitting with a Bible on her lap, in Portland, Ore. They have requested that a statue of American poet Walt Whitman be taken from Rutgers University campus in Camden, N.J.

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State and local officials all across the nation also are acquiescing to protesters and have either removed or are planning on removing dozens of statues and memorials. In Boston, the city’s art commission voted to bring down a statue of President Abraham Lincoln – the man who signed the Emancipation Proclamation setting African-American slaves free!

Sadly, we have become a nation of victims instead of citizens.

Believe me, as a black man, I fully understand the impetus to correct the wrongs of the past. I was born in 1961 in a “blacks only” hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in the city’s Old Fourth Ward – the neighborhood that produced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and where the American civil rights movement captured national attention.

I am intimately familiar with the black community’s struggle for equality – not of outcome, but of the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

Our nation’s past is not all peachy, but over the years I have learned history is not there for us to like or dislike. History is there for us to learn from.

Independence Day is an opportunity for us to thoughtfully reflect on our history and remember what the heart of America is really about.

Believe me, as a black man, I fully understand the impetus to correct the wrongs of the past.

The United States of America is remarkable for many reasons, but the key detail that sets us apart from all other nations is that the cornerstone of our founding is the ideal that our rights are given to us by God and not by man.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence.

Later, after winning our hard-fought independence, James Madison codified and specified these rights in our Constitution, our rule of law.

The first 10 amendments to our Constitution are described as our Bill of Rights. They focus on the individual and our protections from what our Founding Fathers had experienced: the intrusive, invasive and onerous nature of tyrannical governance.

It’s because of this founding ideal of our rights being endowed by our Creator that I, a black man born and raised in the segregated South, was able to become a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who commanded a battalion in combat. After I retired from military service, I became a member of the United States House of Representatives, the second black Republican congressman in Florida’s history.

Has my life’s journey been without difficulties? No.

Have I faced opposition and at times discrimination because of the color of my skin? Of course!

Yet, I have been able to persevere and attain remarkable success because the ideal that we are equal in the eyes of God is etched in our Constitution. Today, this ideal empowers my two daughters to pursue their own American Dreams.

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America has come a long way since 1776 because men and women who believe in our founding ideals fought for them to become a reality in our nation. This election year, it’s up to us to play our part in this story by voting for leaders who will protect our constitutional rights.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans – including up to 25 million Christians – historically do not participate in our national elections. We cannot afford to do that this year.

As somebody who is living proof of the American Dream, I encourage you to not sit out this election. This coming election is not about a person or personality – it’s about principles. It’s about the rule of law or mob rule.

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For Christians, the consequences are especially dire. Either we keep our first liberty – freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof – or we are relegated to the catacombs.

Let’s continue making America that great nation our Founding Fathers envisioned, where every citizen has what the Declaration of Independence calls the God-endowed rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Fox News Virtual Auto Show: YOUR American cars

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Not everyone can get together these days, so Fox News is holding a series of virtual car shows where you can share and discuss your cool cars, trucks and motorcycles with the rest of the Fox News Autos audience.

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It’s America’s birthday, so we asked the Fox News audience to show us their American cars and trucks for this week’s Virtual Auto Show — and we’d love to take a spin in any of them.

We’ve posted a few of our favorites below so you can comment on them, but don’t forget to check out more of the submissions on Twitter and add your own.

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Military flyovers scheduled over four cities for Independence Day salute

Military planes will fly over four big cities Saturday afternoon to celebrate Independence Day in a lead up to the Fourth of July air show in Washington, D.C.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the aerial salute to several cities that were instrumental in the American Revolution. The flyovers will start in Boston at 4 p.m. and then travel to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

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The military planes will then join the larger air show in Washington, D.C., that will begin around 6:30 p.m. with a demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and a 21-gun salute by the military’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard.

President Trump is slated to make remarks at the White House afterward during a Salute to America celebration that he and First Lady Melania Trump are hosting for frontline workers — including police, doctors, nurses and members of the military — and their families.

About 1,700 service members will support the aerial celebration, according to military officials.

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President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stand during a flyover at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Air Force and Marine Corps jets will fly over the cities in five waves, led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.

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Military excellence was on full display a day earlier when the Blue Angels flew over Mount Rushmore as part of Trump’s visit Friday to kick off the holiday weekend.

Here are the details for each city’s flyovers, according to U.S. Northern Command:

BOSTON: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4 p.m. approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city.

NEW YORK: The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5 p.m. and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.

PHILADELPHIA: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 p.m. approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.

BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 p.m. approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Lisa Rinna, Sofia Vergara, Paris Hilton and more don patriotic swimsuits, short shorts for the Fourth of July

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Hollywood stars across the country are in full Americana mode in honor of the Fourth of July.

Actors, musicians and models alike took to their respective social media accounts on Saturday in honor of America’s birthday with a combination of current and past looks to show off their patriotism.

Lisa Rinna was one of the first celebrities located on the West Coast to spread some July Fourth cheer with a titillating pic of herself donning a red, white and blue bikini on the beach.

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“If anything…I’m consistent. #happy4thofjuly,” the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star captioned the pic.

Rinna’s swimsuit featured a bright blue top with red and white stars with red bottoms.

Catherine Zeta-Jones also impressed with a throwback of some of her past looks. The photo shared to her Instagram account shows the actress donning red, white and blue gowns over the years.

“Happy Fourth of July,” she wrote along with red, white and blue heart emojis.

Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara also posted a fitting throwback from the popular TV series. The still shows her on-screen character Gloria carrying out a plate of food while donning denim short shorts embossed with America’s flag. Her character completed the look with a form-fitting tank top featuring a bald eagle.

“I miss Gloria!! #4thOfJuly #ModernFamily,” Vergara captioned the snap.

Paris Hilton was another celebrity who couldn’t let the day go by without posting some Fourth of July content. The hotel heiress juxtaposed a topless pic of herself wearing black lace gloves and dark sunglasses in front of an American flag background.

“Getting ready for the 4th of July,” Hilton said.

Meanwhile, Kathy Lee Gifford gave her fans a peak at how she was spending the holiday. In a photo posted to her social media account, the former talk show host was seated next to her soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Erika Brown, as they held up crabs in front of their faces.

“Don’t be crabby, it’s Independence Day!” Gifford captioned the snap, which showed Brown in an American flag sweater.

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January Jones was dressed in her Saturday best as she took to social media for a holiday-inspired message.

“Happy Fourth of July! I just wanted to say have a wonderful Fourth of July. Be safe. If you leave your residence, wear a mask. Don’t litter. Don’t drink and drive or light s–t on fire, and just have a great Fourth of July celebrating with your friends and family. Have fun!” Jones, 42, said to the camera in a red and white swimsuit and straw hat.

Cindy Crawford also took to Instagram to share a throwback pic snapped by photographer Albert Watson. The image shows Crawford laying down on the beach with a tiny American flag held between her teeth.

“We’re experiencing good and necessary change right now in this country…and while July 4th represents freedom, it didn’t always represent freedom for ALL. Today is a great reminder that we still have a lot of work to do,” Crawford captioned the post.

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Ozzy Osbourne also posted an epic 1986 throwback of him in a full American flag-inspired look. The blue and white striped jumpsuit he wore in the 80s was paired with a matching trenchcoat featuring red white and blue sparkly stars.

“Happy #4th of July!” Osbourne wrote underneath the pic.

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103-year-old man qualifies for world record: oldest tandem skydiver

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A 103-year-old man from central Texas has qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest tandem skydiver.

Al Blaschke took the 14,000-foot plunge to celebrate his two grandsons graduating from college, KVUE reported. Blaschke first jumped in 2017 to celebrate his 100th birthday, but that same year Verdun Hayes, a D-Day veteran, set the record at the age of 101.

Reporters gathered to interview Blaschke, as well as his grandsons, ahead of Thursday’s jump.

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“I’m excited to see my grandsons up there – that’s what I’m excited about,” Blaschke told the reporters. “That’s my dream. I never thought I’d be around this long.”

The retired craftsman, who lives in Georgetown, survived the Spanish Flu, the Depression, World War II and now coronavirus.  But he said he isn’t jumping out of planes just for a thrill.

“I will not jump just to jump. I jump to celebrate something,” he added.

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For his grandsons, it was their first jump, but they were glad to celebrate their graduations that way – Jason, from Texas A&M and Kevin from the University of Texas.

“Yeah, when you say I’m going to jump at 103 and you’ve already jumped at 100, why not?” Blaschke’s son, David, told reporters outside Skydive Spaceland San Marcos as he waited for his father and sons to return.

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“Oh yes, this was altogether way different than my first jump,” Al Blaschke said later. “This was a real jump.”

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Rep. Dusty Johnson on need to preserve US history: Dems forget how lucky they are to be in America

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Democrats and activists are so obsessed with America’s “imperfections,” they seem to forget how lucky they are to be here, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-SD, said Saturday.

Johnson, appearing on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” said the racial justice activists tearing down statues and defacing monuments, many of them honoring confederate leaders, have no desire to put the nation’s imperfect history in context.

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“They want to erase it. They want to remove it,” he said.

Last week, Johnson introduced the Mount Rushmore Protection Act. The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds to alter or destroy the enormous monument in any way.

“When you look at those four great presidents on Mount Rushmore, they did as much as a person can — as anybody can — to build toward a more perfect union,” he said. “Now is the time we should be rallying around those values: freedom, independence, liberty, equality. But, there are people who want to tear them down..

“My bill would make it clear that not one American nickel would go toward changing the name of Mount Rushmore or blasting off or altering those faces.”

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Fireworks light the sky at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D., after President Donald Trump spoke. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

All eyes were on Mount Rushmore Friday evening for President Trump’s early Independence Day celebration. Standing before the monument, the president vowed it “will never be desecrated.”

“These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom,” Trump said to cheers.

But the monument has drawn the ire of Native Americans for decades.

Once sacred Lakota tribal territory, the site was occupied by a group of Native American protesters in the 1970s. In 1980, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that more than $100 million should be given in compensation to eight tribes.

Hours before the president arrived Friday, protesters — mostly Native Americans protesting the federal government’s seizure of part of the Black Hills  — blocked a road leading to the monument.

Johnson said he believes Trump’s comments tied in “incredibly well” with his bill, and decried those who “want to focus on the flaws” of the presidents chiseled into the mountainside.

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“I mean, I love this country. It’s the greatest country in the history of humankind. And I think there is an incredibly powerful story there to tell to our young people about the aspirations of this country,” the congressman said. “Not about the flaws of Abraham Lincoln, but about the steps he took to become the great emancipator.”

“Yes, by all means, let’s not ignore the flaws. But I’m concerned that some of my friends on the other side get so enamored talking about the imperfections of America they forget how unbelievably lucky we all are to be living in this country in this century,” Johnson said.

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Helen Raleigh: As an immigrant, I celebrate America this July 4th and goodness of the American people

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Patriotism seems to be out of fashion for many Americans this Fourth of July. From toppling statues to banning the national anthem, it’s hard to miss all the denunciations of America’s founders, founding principles, history and even America itself.

We are told this is absolutely necessary because our nation has been irredeemably racist since its birth and that this systemic racism has suppressed the wellbeing of minorities for more than two centuries.

As an immigrant, I see America differently. I was born and raised in China. I lived through strict food rationing and witnessed my parents’ having little say in their lives. They didn’t get to choose where to live and for whom they wanted to work because the communist government made all the decisions for them.

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I was determined to have the freedom to live the life I wanted.

As a result, I came to the U.S. in 1996 to pursue a master’s degree at the State University of New York, College of Oneonta, with less than $100 in my pocket. I had no family members in the U.S. and very few American friends back then. I also spoke limited English with an accent.

To help pay for school, I took on three part-time jobs. But hardship never bothered me. I was so thrilled that I got to be in charge of my own destiny.

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From that humble beginning, I obtained two graduate degrees, worked for several Fortune 500 companies, and now I am a business owner, author and regular contributor to a number of national media outlets. I get to freely express my thoughts every day in a way that is impossible for many people around the world.

This transformation of my own life is not a unique story. Millions of immigrants who came before me have done the same and I am confident that millions more will accomplish even more in this country.

The United States is the only nation in the world that was created on a set of principles, presented as self-evident truths. These are spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution.

The universal appeal of these founding principles means that anyone – from anywhere in the world – who pledges to these principles can become an American. In President Abraham Lincoln’s words, whoever does this has “a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration.”

When I made my choice to become a U.S. citizen I was joined by 60 new immigrants who represented 55 countries of origin at the citizenship ceremony. There were many shades of skin colors and many languages were spoken.

However, there was one thing we all had in common: overwhelming joy. Our journeys are one of the most powerful testaments that America is not a nation infested by systematic racism.

Saying America is not systemically racist doesn’t mean there is no such thing as race-based discrimination in the United States. I’m no stranger to this – I’ve been on the receiving end of it.

I was once told that my English wasn’t good so I wasn’t eligible for the next promotion at work. A few people thought I was intellectually challenged because of my accent. Some people were just shocked that I spoke English at all.

Once, even though I was the first one at the counter, the salesperson chose to serve someone standing next to me first.

Another time when I returned from an overseas trip a young Customs agent asked me: “How long have you had the privilege of living in my country?” even though all paperwork showed that the United States is my country too.

When some readers didn’t like something I wrote, they would tell me to go back to where I came from.

Yet, despite these experiences, I am still proud to say that I am an American by choice and I love this country. That’s because the ugly encounters I describe above are only a tiny portion of my overall experience. Those incidents represent individual fallibility rather than systemic racism.

The majority of Americans I’ve met over the years – regardless of race and social and economic background – are caring, generous and kind people.

Not long after I came to the U.S., one of my wisdom teeth caused me insufferable pain. Since I was a poor student who couldn’t afford dental insurance, a lady from the church took me to see her dentist and she took care of all the expenses.

After college, I started my first job in a department where everyone else was a white man. All the guys treated me with nothing but respect. They patiently taught me how to do my job, tolerated many of my mistakes, introduced me to American TV sitcoms such as “Friends,” and sent me an online slang dictionary so I would become familiar with terms Americans often use.

When I bought my first house, my co-workers came to help me move and even painted the kitchen.

I married into an Irish-American family. My father-in-law is a retired Marine who fought in the Vietnam War, where he was seriously injured. Before I met him for the first time, I was fully prepared that he wouldn’t like me because of his war experience.

Yet both my husband’s parents have embraced me like their own daughter from Day One. They even took Chinese language lessons and learned how to use chopsticks – all part of their efforts to make me feel welcomed.

When I was seriously ill, neighbors quietly mowed our lawn and organized a meal train for three months. We never had so many apple pies in our lives!

When a severe windstorm split a tree open in the front yard, the same neighbors showed up to clean the debris as soon as the wind died down. Within a few hours, our yard was so clean that it looked as if nothing had happened.

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When I reflect on my own American experiences, this caring, generous and kind America is what I appreciate most. Our country does have many problems such as crumbling public schools, inner city poverty, drug abuse, overcrowded prisons and racial disparities in health care outcomes.

For example, African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women, in spite of advances in medicine and expanded access to health care.

But toppling statues and condemning America’s founders and founding principles will not make these problems go away. Solving these serious problems requires somber and honest discussions, meaningful policy changes and joint efforts from all Americans.

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On our nation’s 244th birthday, it’s important to remember that America’s founding principles are not empty promises but a guiding North Star. We should be proud of the progress we have achieved, learn from the mistakes we made along the way, and be keenly aware that there is still more that needs to be done.

Whether you were born in the U.S.A. or you are an immigrant like me, being an American is always a choice. On this Independence Day, let’s once again choose to do as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did and “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” to make our nation a better place for all Americans.

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PHOTOS: President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech kicks off 4th of July celebrations

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President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stand during a flyover at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D.

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