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Remarks by Ambassador Donald Yamamoto for the 4th of July
July 4, 2020

The American Founding Fathers boldly declared in 1776 that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”  Born from this courageous endeavor an enduring Constitution, our nation’s “true north” guiding us to achieve “a more perfect Union.”

Each generation faces challenges that tests the resolve to overcome adversity and reaffirm our humanity. President Lincoln in his solemn Gettysburg Address in 1863 united a nation torn by civil war in stating unequivocally that “this nation…shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

For another generation, Franklin Roosevelt led the US through economic collapse and war against evil, inspiring a nation and the world to prevail.

Martin Luther King captured a new generation to dream big things and fight for justice in stating in 1963 that “we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”

And President Kennedy in 1963 added that we must seek peace “that enables…nations to grow, and to hope, and to build a better life for their children…not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.”

Today, we are at the altar of another great struggle – a terrible Pandemic, injustice, a destiny undefined.  That clarion call summons a new generation from every corner of this world, divided by differences but united in the clarity of common purpose to make the impossible possible.

For Somalia, as well, your future is at  stake, encouraging your leaders from the Federal government to federal states and communities to work together to create jobs, educate children, help people in distress, and fight terrorism to realize a better tomorrow.  The US wants Somalis, all people to dream big things, to make the impossible possible and have our children and all future generations blessed with hope..