A Grand Experiment


July 2, 2013

To Lockheed Martin U.S. Employees

“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.”

When Thomas Jefferson wrote these words in The Declaration of Independence, he probably didn’t foresee that 237 years later they would come to define what it means to be American. When we think about the values and freedoms we cherish as a nation, we return to those words as an enduring statement of the American spirit.

On Thursday, as you and your family and friends celebrate the birth of our great nation – a grand experiment characterized by President Lincoln as “of the people, by the people, for the people” – take a moment to remember the Americans who championed those ideals over the past two centuries and made this country what it is today. 

We have many to thank for their role in shaping this great nation. From our founding fathers, who created a bold framework for a new democracy, to our civil rights leaders who work tirelessly to ensure equal opportunity for all, and to the innovators who make impossible dreams a reality. And most importantly, we thank the brave men and women of the armed forces. This 4th of July, I ask you to keep those who put on a uniform and defend our freedoms at home and abroad in your thoughts. Thanks to them, we can enjoy Independence Day – and every day – with our families.

You should also be proud of the role you play in furthering the American ideal. Your work helps this nation strengthen global security, advance scientific discovery, and deliver essential services to citizens.  This 4th of July, that’s a great reason to celebrate.

Thank you for all you do to ensure that America remains “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”


Marillyn A. Hewson,
Chief Executive Officer and President
Lockheed Martin