For most of us, the Fourth of July holiday is a time to unwind, relax, and enjoy food and fun with our family and friends. We may visit the beach, barbeque on the grill, join community festivities, and light up the nights with fireworks. This Independence Day, we’ll revel in our lives as Americans in a Nation reaching its 241st year as a democracy.
During our celebrations and ceremonies, I hope we’ll remember why we’re able to decide for ourselves how we mark another anniversary of America’s freedom. That liberty to choose began as a vision of hope and opportunity. Since then, countless people have fought and died to carry on those ideals and keep us free.
At our organization, we know freedom comes with responsibility. Since the day we opened 100 years after the founding fathers declared our Nation united and independent, associates have worked tirelessly to meet our obligation as an American-born bank blessed to do business along one of the country’s most vibrant corridors. We’re proud to be part of the economic engine that keeps the Nation strong. And, we’re very grateful to be a hometown partner committed to creating opportunities for the Gulf South people and communities we serve.
The late President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” As Americans, each of us plays an important part in safeguarding our freedom and owes immeasurable gratitude to the men, women, and families who have served and sacrificed to protect and preserve our inalienable rights.
As our American heritage bursts into brilliant display these next few days, let’s also reignite the unity and patriotism on which our country is built by remembering what our freedom really represents.
We thank all of the people and places who trust us as their bank. Your confidence helps us remain one of the strongest, safest banks in the world’s greatest Nation. Have a safe, happy Fourth of July!