Robert Joe had a question for a roomful of seniors celebrating the nation’s independence.
“When you think about July 4th, what comes to mind?” asked the South Pasadena mayor pro tem during a luncheon at the local Senior Center putting the spotlight on the important day in history. The place was all decked out in red, white and blue as guests were treated to traditional barbecue fare, fitting for the day.
“Perhaps you think about a day off with picnics, fireworks, and the American flags displayed in front yards,” said Joe, answering his own question.
“This is all good but the one word that comes to mind is freedom,” he reminded audience members.
Fourth of July is a day to appreciate the sacrifices being made by those in the Armed Services. As Americans enjoyed a day of fun, the men and women of the military were stationed throughout the world keeping the country free.
“It is a fact that we live in the United States where we can voice our opinions freely and can vote for the people of our choice,” added Joe, “These are very good reasons why we should never take our freedom for granted.”
He concluded his remarks, quoting Ben Franklin and Franklin D. Roosevelt,:
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country,” said Franklin.
“In the truest sense, freedom can not be bestowed. It must be achieve,” noted Roosevelt.
A highlight for the seniors took place when Joe ask all those seated to wave at South Pasadenan.com News photographer Estaban Lopez.