Happy 4th of July!

Guest Blog Post Contributed by: Jo-An Turman, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing

 This Monday, July 4, marks America's 235th year of independence. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.  
Like most people, there is a good chance you will be celebrating July 4th with parades, fireworks and cookouts.  Where ever you choose to celebrate the day please take a moment to reflect on what Independence Day really means. HFH GLA would like to give thanks to the many that have served and are currently serving our country to preserve our freedoms.
When the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago on July 4, 1776, they talked about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Within the pursuit of happiness is home ownership, and we, here at HFH GLA, are involved in making that privilege—that gift of the American experience—a reality for thousands of hardworking, low-income families and individuals.  
We will continue to strive to eliminate substandard housing throughout Greater Los Angeles and the world.  We wish you the best this Fourth of July, and urge you to remember to thank those in uniform who protect and defend our freedom.
July 4th Fun Fact:  In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President, was born on July 4, 1872, and thus was the only President to be born on Independence Day.

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