Today, Argonne employees join people across the country in preparing to observe Independence Day. This most American of holidays is a time to celebrate making history.
We acknowledge the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, who made history when they boldly announced the United States’ freedom from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.
We salute the brave tens of thousands who made history defending the new country in the Revolutionary War, including the 8,000 who sacrificed their lives in combat. We honor the millions who have come after them, fighting and perishing for America’s freedom on domestic and foreign soil.
We acknowledge the generations of men and women who have made the history of this nation for the past 239 years—by governing, building, laboring, manufacturing, creating, and protecting, and always dreaming of what’s possible and reaching for that next horizon.
I like to think that here at Argonne we honor the legacy of Independence Day by making history of our own. America’s forebears envisioned a nation where citizens were free, safe, and secure for the pursuit of happiness. From that first day some 72 years ago that Enrico Fermi and his colleagues began to visualize CP-1—working to realize the power of the atom as a new energy source—Argonne has made history with its contributions to energy security, a healthy environment, protection of the nation’s citizens, and a robust economy.
Each of us here at the lab, no matter what our role, is helping in some way to expand scientific knowledge—the discoveries we make and technology we create are helping fulfill the vision of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. And while the Declaration of Independence did not end with a safety message, at Argonne it does—while you are pursuing happiness amid all the barbecues and swimming pools and fireworks on this holiday, be safe. I’m counting on all of you to help Argonne keep making history.