Thank a lineman this month

By David Bailey, General Manager

For some people, the month of July is defined by humid summer days. As for me, the highlight has always been the opportunity to celebrate the declaration of our great nation’s independence on the Fourth of July. But what many members may not know is that our traditional holiday is actually a couple of days late.

Back in 1776, the Continental Congress met to declare independence on July 2. The next day, future president of the United States John Adams wrote a letter to his wife describing the ways future U.S. citizens would celebrate the occasion.

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” he told her. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

John Adams was mostly right. Americans have celebrated this country’s independence with those displays for more than 200 years. We’ve just celebrated a little later than he expected.

While the decision to declare independence was made on July 2, it wasn’t ratified until two days later — July 4. It was that final declaration draft that was copied and distributed throughout the colonies, Great Britain and Europe. 

At this point, you might wonder why I decided to share this history lesson with you. It’s because that one event, spanning just a few days, marked the birth of the greatest nation under God our world has ever known. Since then, thousands of men and women have dedicated their lives to serving our country
and running each branch of our government. In this issue, South Alabama Electric Cooperative celebrates the service of one of those people, our delegate in the Alabama House of Representatives, Alan Boothe. Mr. Boothe has represented the people of this area in one form or fashion for 40 years.

When I recently saw him at Zion Chapel’s Honor Day, I asked what he plans to do when he retires. He told me, “I’m going to be working on the family farm and getting a few things done I’ve been wanting to do.” I think it’s wonderful that nearly 250 years after this country was founded our leaders still have the chance to retire back to their roots. Thank you, Mr. Boothe, for your service to Alabama and to the members of SAEC. The hottest days of summer can also mean high electric bills as members turn up their air conditioning. This is a good time to visit the SAEC website and set up your online account so you can access tools that can help you save money. Usage notifications are especially helpful to give you and your family a better idea of your energy habits and where you can cut back. You’ll also find information about alternative billing methods like Pre-Pay Billing that might be a better fit for your needs. I would also like to take a moment to  send some big congratulations to the Brantley High School softball team and the Pike Liberal Arts School baseball team for their state championship wins. You can read more about each team in this magazine. 

Finally, I hope that as you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, you will all remember that freedom is not free and the sacrifices that have been made to maintain it. And it would be OK if you remember that on July 2, too. I hope you all have a great and safe Independence Day! 

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