Independence Day Message
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Georgette Mosbacher
July 4, 2020
To my fellow Americans and to our Polish friends and allies – please join me in wishing a Happy 244th Birthday to the United States of America!
Independence Day is a time when our nation comes together to celebrate the freedom and liberties we all hold dear. It is a day to remember the brave men and women whose sacrifices and acts of courage forged our democratic legacy. Today, I salute all those who have served as the guarantors of our precious freedom!
America has so much to be grateful for, and so many reasons to celebrate. We celebrate freedom every day by upholding and defending the ideals on which our nation was founded. To celebrate freedom also means standing with our great friends and allies around the world, such as the Republic of Poland.
Poland is one of America’s oldest friends. We enjoy one of the world’s strongest and most enduring friendships. Four centuries ago, Polish settlers in Jamestown labored for the survival of the new American colony. Polish heroes General Tadeusz Kosciuszko and General Kazimierz Pulaski helped us prevail in our fight for independence, immortalizing themselves in American history and hearts. We fought together in the Second World War against Nazi aggression. And several decades ago, the United States stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Poland in its courageous struggle against communist oppression.
The recent visit between our two presidents underscored that, just as we have stood together during earlier wars, we stand together today in the fight against the coronavirus. We stand together in doing all that we can to bring prosperity to the lives of our citizens.
We have had a phenomenal year. Our centuries-old relationship is the strongest that it has ever been. I am extremely proud that Poland has joined the visa waiver program that ensures our people-to-people ties remain strong for centuries to come. We have delivered on energy security. We have delivered on our shared economic prosperity. And we have strengthened the Eastern Flank of NATO.
As we celebrate America’s 244th birthday this year, all Americans should acknowledge their blessings. As President Reagan said, “With heart and hand, through whatever trial and travail, we pledge ourselves to each other and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world.”
God bless the United States of America, God bless the Republic of Poland, and Happy Fourth of July.