Independence Day is a day to commemorate the freedom from Great Britain. However, this freedom has not come without a cost. Nobody can explain the importance of our independence and freedom like our presidents. Here are 15 quotes from former presidents to commemorate the freedom we as Americans have been blessed with.

Protect our freedom

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan, 40th President

Keep freedom alive

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President

Work for the country

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President

Freedom is a Gift

“Our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God.” -Donald Trump, 45th President

Never forget our freedom

“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people. With no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.” -Ronald Reagan, 40th President  

Momentum of freedom

“The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable – and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true.” -George W. Bush, 43rd President  

Securing liberty

“The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people’s hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.” -John Adams, 2nd President

God’s gift

“I believe there’s an Almighty, and I believe the Almighty’s great gift to each man and woman in this world is the desire to be free. This isn’t America’s gift to the world, it is a universal gift to the world, and people want to be free.” -George W. Bush, 43rd President

Achieving freedom

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt. 32nd President  

Fight for freedom

“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something- for liberty and freedom and fairness- and these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” -Ronald Reagan, 40th President  

Prospering freedom

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” -Ronald Reagan, 40th President

Inspirational independence

“To the weary, hungry, unequipped Army of the American Revolution, the Fourth of July was a tonic of hope and inspiration. So is it now. The tough, grim men who fight for freedom in this dark hour take heart in its message–the assurance of the right to liberty under God–for all peoples and races and groups and nations, everywhere in the world.” -Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President

Remember the cost

“No amount of talking of what had been done in the Revolution would have availed anything if you had not had it in you to add to these great memories by the deeds which were to make, in their turn, forever memorable the years between the firing of Fort Sumter and Appomattox. So we come here together on the Fourth of July to see what a great people we are; to see how well the generations of our dead have done their duty.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President  

Sharing the freedom

“It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.” -Donald Trump, 45th President

Individual happiness

“Your love of liberty, your respect for the laws, your habits of industry, and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.” -George Washington, 1st President  

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