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Fourth of July Forum: Remarks at U.S. Embassy to the Holy See 2018 Independence Day Celebration, by Ambassador Callista Gingrich

Good evening. Let’s have a round of applause for our United States Marines and the Navy Maritime Winds Woodwind Quintet.

I’d like to thank our many generous sponsors, whose support makes this evening possible. I’d also like to thank my team at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See for putting this evening’s celebration together. Let’s give them a round of applause!

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – Newt and I are so pleased to welcome you to Villa Richardson.

Americans come together with family and friends on the 4th of July to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and to celebrate the birth of our nation. It’s a time to reflect on a unique and remarkable moment in history, when 56 men from 13 colonies gathered in a simple statehouse in Philadelphia and changed the world.   (complete text)