Peter Schuttler, Henry Weber, JosephMurphy, Louis Espenschied, and so many more legendary early vehicle builders werefierce competitors with a great deal of differences. Nonetheless, they also had a lot in common. One of the more significant similarities isthat each immigrated to the United States looking forward to the freedom andpotential offered by America. Like ourfounding fathers, these early wagon makers understood the true value of libertyand genuine opportunity. Leaving family,friends, and roots, they took great risk to embrace the promise of a fresh start.
As Emma Lazarus’ words on thelegendary, copper-clad lady in New York Harbor proclaim – these were the ‘tired, the poor,the huddled masses; all yearning to breathe free.’ With such a rich and blessed history, we cannever forget our past and how our great nation came to be.
Over the centuries, things have changedconsiderably. Yet, in spite of themodern challenges we face, America still carries the heart for which she wascreated... this beautiful country remains a powerful beacon of freedom and a compellingland of hope and dreams. As such, we owean eternal debt to so many who have stood in the gap; guarding our independencewhile protecting our future and securing our way of life.
This July Fourth marks our 239th year asa nation. To all of the men, women, andfamilies who have given so much, we salute and honor you. Thank you for your sacrifice. It is a daily reminder of all we hold dearand how much we still have to look forward to. From sea to shining sea, it is a true privilege to live in thisLand. Recognizing that, we join withcountless others pledging allegiance to 'one nation, under God, indivisible,with liberty and justice for all.'
Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, andmemorable Independence celebration.
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