May we all remember today that we are, every one of us, connected to every thing.
May we all remember today that there is no "us" and no "them" - we are one.
May we all remember today that love will prevail, in the end, and if it hasn't prevailed, it isn't the end. (Until it is, finally, the end.)
May we all remember that sloughing off the bonds of colonialization is an ongoing work. And that sometimes we may be the oppressor we are looking for. May we remember that freedom is a choice we make at each moment, every day, to say no thank you to unnecessary constraints.
May we recognize our interdependence as we celebrate our independence, today and everyday.