Peter Schuttler, Henry Weber, Joseph Murphy, Louis Espenschied, and so many more legendary early vehicle builders were fierce competitors with a great deal of differences. Nonetheless, they also had a lot in common. One of the more significant similarities is that each immigrated to the United States looking forward to the freedom and potential offered by America. Like our founding fathers, these early wagon makers understood the true value of liberty and genuine opportunity. Leaving family, friends, and roots, they took great risk to embrace the promise of a fresh start.
As Emma Lazarus’ words on the legendary, 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 can never forget our past and how our great nation came to be.
Over the centuries, things have changed considerably. Yet, in spite of the modern challenges we face, America still carries the heart for which she was created... this beautiful country remains a powerful beacon of freedom and a compelling land of hope and dreams. As such, we owe an eternal debt to so many who have stood in the gap; guarding our independence while protecting our future and securing our way of life.
This July Fourth marks our 239th year as a nation. To all of the men, women, and families who have given so much, we salute and honor you. Thank you for your sacrifice. It is a daily reminder of all we hold dear and how much we still have to look forward to. From sea to shining sea, it is a true privilege to live in this Land. Recognizing that, we join with countless others pledging allegiance to 'one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and memorable Independence celebration.
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