Jun 12

Can you help us with our Independence Day Quote of the Week?

by Lucy Di Rosa | 06/12/2021 8:02AM | SSPI Update | Quote of the Week

We’re grateful that you choose to support our Quote of the Week email each Monday. We enjoy sharing Sargent Shriver’s words with you, and we hope they resonate with you.

As we approach the 4th of July this year, we thought we’d do something a little different with our Quote of the Week. Rather than composing a post about the quote by ourselves, we’re asking for your input on it, as well. Send us your take on the quote, and when we publish it to mark Independence Day (on Monday, July 5), we’ll include your reflections in our post.

The quote of Sargent Shriver's we'll be using to mark Independence Day is:

Independence Day

The quote is from Sargent Shriver’s Remarks at the Tomb of Lafayette.

If you’d like to contribute your thoughts on this quote, consider one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the quote to you?
  • Has the meaning of the 4th of July changed for you over time? If so, how?
  • What makes the quote relevant today?
  • What makes you hopeful about the quote, if anything? What makes you frustrated about it, if anything?
  • Does the quote make you want to take action in some way? If so, how?

Once you know what you’d like to say about the quote, send us your reflections  using the medium that best suits you; just make sure it’s something you can easily share with us:

  • Write a paragraph (250 words or less);
  • Record yourself speaking about the quote (e.g., using Voice Memos on your iPhone or Voice Recorder on your Android phone; keep your response to under two minutes);
  • Create a drawing, write a poem, snap a photograph that you think reflects the sentiment of the quote … use whatever medium suits you!

Submit your responses by Monday, June 28, and we will assemble them into a multi-media post for our Independence Day email and blog post on Monday, July 5. Your name will be included in the post.

Send your submissions to info@sargentshriver.org. Include your response in the email or as an attachment, or include the link where we can download your response.

We hope you’ll consider joining us in creating our first crowdsourced Quote of the Week post! We're looking forward to hearing from you by Monday, June 28.

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