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Letter: Happy 246th birthday, America!

Backer writes, "Without a doubt, we’ve had our challenges. We’ve made a few mistakes, some serious and painful, along the way. Through it all, we’ve persevered; we’ve learned and become better. And we won’t stop learning and becoming better."

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On July 4th, our great country will celebrate its 246th year as a free and independent nation. For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, the United States has been the beacon of freedom, democracy and
exceptionalism to the entire world. It’s a record of which every American can be proud.

Without a doubt, we’ve had our challenges. We’ve made a few mistakes, some serious and painful, along the way. Through it all, we’ve persevered; we’ve learned and become better. And we won’t stop learning and becoming better.

Former President Harry Truman said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

As we celebrate the Fourth of July and count our blessings that we live in the United States, let us continue to “do the job at hand” to preserve, protect and defend all that America stands for.

Jay Backer lives in Graceville, Minn.

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