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Happy Fourth of July

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
--President Thomas Whitmore

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA. 240 years ago the folks who brought gunpowder and patriotic zeal to this land said "enough" and split with Britain via petition, the choicest weapon in the American arsenal. Now we celebrate their foresight yearly with plenty of colorful fireworks and nostalgia. Wherever you are and whatever you may be doing today: enjoy it. It’s a wonderful day. Float in a body of water. Drink something cold out of a can. Get a little crispy on the outside and listen to some damn good live music. Be sure to get home safely. In 61 days we play a pretty good UCLA team at Kyle Field.

Have a good one, all.