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Happy Birthday, America

Posted: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.

As a former federal employee with 38-plus years of service with the Federal Aviation Administration, I believe the Fourth of July is particularly important.

Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.

The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and fly in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.

Others will enjoy time outdoors in our National Parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.

My father was born on the Fourth of July and this year marks the 101st year of his birth, so I want to pay homage to his memory.

My fellow federal retirees/workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 237 years.

We wish you, and the nation we love, a happy Independence Day.

Enjoy your day however you choose. This is a great nation.




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