In the middle of a busy summer, I look forward to taking a short break to spend time with family and celebrate our country's heritage and our personal freedoms.
Think about it. That was quite a team of leaders who came together as the Continental Congress. Don't let the grey hair and fancy shirts fool you.
Our founding fathers were a formidable group and each brought diverse talents and abilities to the table. Thomas Jefferson had intellect and writing skills; John Adams had the political savvy. The people revered George Washington for his leadership. James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and John Day each brought something unique. And there were others. It took an amazing team to accomplish the formation of a new nation - beginning with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Abraham Lincoln quoted the document in his Gettysburg address, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Today, we all benefit from the achievements of that early team. At our hotels, we work in teams to extend hands in welcome, deliver service and make a difference in the lives of our guests.