Jenks Mayor Robert Lee wishes everyone happy, safe Fourth of July

Jenks Mayor Robert Lee wishes everyone happy, safe Fourth of July

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Aside from the usual cookouts and fun at the lake, it’s a particularly inspiring day. It’s a day when we celebrate our military, public safety officers, and those who gave their all to form our country. We celebrate the courage, sacrifice, and thoughtfulness of America’s founding fathers; and of all of those who have built on their promises up to this moment. We celebrate the ideals of the Enlightenment era—equality, liberty, and reason—that helped bring about the American Revolution. We also acknowledge those who were displaced or brought to this country against their will during this time.

As we celebrate Independence Day this year, so many of these themes come into sharper focus than ever. In a year of tumult, we’re seeing historic collective sacrifice and courage; and never have we been so grateful for those who work day in and day-out to keep us safe. In a year of unrest, our society is committing itself toward equality and healing in unprecedented ways. In a year marked by new threats, never have we found more importance in the hallmarks of the Enlightenment, like science, education, and the arts.

In Jenks, we see shining examples of all of these ideals. These ideals that made our country great are exemplified by our Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works, Aquarium, City Hall staff, City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Jenks Public Schools. These ideals are exemplified by our friends, neighbors, and businesses. 

It’s a great honor to work with and serve the great people of Jenks. My best wishes for a relaxing and safe 4th of July.

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