Independence Day Celebration
This year marks ETM’s 40th anniversary. Milestone anniversaries offer the chance for celebration and reflection. And celebration naturally brings people together. In May, we were fortunate to gather our employees together along with the company’s original founders to reminisce about their early challenges and their hard work and optimism. Our founders lent perspective to our longevity. They helped us remember what made us great to begin with….our secret sauce.
One of the many ingredients in our sauce is our company culture, founded on strong patriotic values that are not just seasonal. For 40 years, ETM has been recognized in the community as a company deeply rooted in patriotism. We are proud and appreciative of our 13 second-career veterans, our employees generously donate to a number of veteran’s charities and the American flag is prominently displayed at every company meeting.
The flag has become the most prominent national symbol used to represent patriotism, particularly during 4th of July celebrations. Every 4th of July, we dress up in our nation's colors of red, white and blue. We gather with family and friends and attend barbecues, play games, enjoy food, fun and fireworks. But unlike ETM company founders who could gather with us to celebrate, we cannot tune in to the personal tales of our country’s founders to help us remember the true meaning behind the day.
More than a day off, the 4th of July is the day that we celebrate the independence of the United States of America - the day our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776.
Before they signed the Declaration of Independence, our founding founders knew that the document might be their death sentence. In 1776, the people living in the colonies wanted an end to British domination. They wanted to be free, make their own decisions, and govern themselves. The signers of the declaration knew that if signed, the British army would sail across the Atlantic and descend on the colonies. They also knew the colonies didn’t have the men, weapons, or training to defeat the British. But with determination, they put their signatures on that declaration, endangering the lives of their families and their future.
John Adams thought that Americans should celebrate with a “great anniversary festival” and in a letter to his wife Abigail said, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
And so it began. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, the 4th was recognized as the birth of American independence. On that day in Philadelphia, there was a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of Independence Hall. The King of England’s coat of arms was taken down and amidst a parade with booming cannons, the people cheered.
After the Constitution was ratified in 1788, a larger and more elaborate celebration was held. But until ratification, there was horrible fighting, endless bloodshed, many of the signers of the Declaration experienced death and bankruptcy, families were torn apart and businesses and farms were destroyed. Our nation’s freedom was secured at a terrible cost. The freedom our country is blessed with is a direct product of the sheer determination and fortitude of our nation’s founders.
Just like the stories shared by our company’s founders, the story of our nation’s founding fathers helps us remember that hard work and fortitude is what made us great to begin with. Remembering who we were helps us to understand who we are now. Our founders help us understand the importance of balancing our past while embracing change as we freely determine our future.
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