Last month I went to New York City, and had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial, The Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. After touring the three monuments I realized how lucky I am to be a part of this great country, and to be an American citizen.

The United States is not without problems. We are all disappointed from time to time when decisions are made by local, state and federal governments. But we are fortunate; unlike in many other countries we have a voice in each level of government every time we vote.

The Fourth of July is an opportunity for us to realize what a wonderful country this is.

HAPPY FOURTH.

STEVE HUPPERT

Christiansburg Town Council

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