How Will You Celebrate the Fourth of July?
July 1, 2014
It’s the day – and weekend – for parades, barbecues, picnics and fireworks. Maybe you’ll gather your family clan together for a reunion, or maybe you’ll grab the sunblock and hit the beach. It’s summer’s biggest day but don’t forget the significance this day has in our national history.
The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, commemorates the adoption and signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. Our Founding Fathers made it official: we weren’t going to take it anymore from Great Britain. So once Congress voted for independence, they presented an explanation of their actions as written into that momentous document to England, as well as the world.
Thomas Jefferson was the main author among the Committee of Five -- John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert Livingston of New York, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Jefferson of Virginia. At the time, John Adams sent a letter home to his wife in which he commented that “July 2, 1776 would be the memorable epoch in the history of America!” and that it ought to be celebrated with great pomp and excitement from then on, forever more.
Although Mr. Adams was off by two days, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence has been an important patriotic day since.
But patriotism is more than celebrating an important historical date. It is defined as a love and pride for your country, like we here at Keystone have had for over sixty years! Because of that pride, the words “Made in USA” take on extra significance for all of us.
While it’s true the United States has seen a reduction in overall manufacturing jobs over the past decade or so, it’s also true that US industrial production remains close to an all-time high (as measured by the Federal Reserve Board) and is predicted to continue its upward growth.
More and more US companies continue to start up and keep production here at home instead of immediately planning for offshore facilities. With the manufacturing sector growing more efficient, innovative and technologically sophisticated even more products will be stamped with “Made in the USA.” After all, having a location with the best production, labor and transportation costs is what every company is looking for. And going outside the US is no longer the smartest or cheapest move.
But patriotism is more than celebrating an important historical date. It is defined as a love and pride for your country. We here at Keystone have been proud to be manufacturing Electronic interconnect components and hardware in New York for over sixty years! Because of that pride, the words “Made in USA” take on special significance for all of us.
Have a great Fourth!