United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today released a video celebrating Tennessee Statehood Day, commemorating 225 years of the great state of Tennessee.
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“225 years ago today, the great state of Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union. Since that remarkable day in 1796, The Volunteer State has transformed into a hub of American innovation, a leader in sustainable agriculture, a pioneer in business and technology, and a people rooted in timeless tradition and steadfast community.
Tennesseans derive strength from our great heritage of accomplishments, contributions, and lasting legacy in American History. Our patriotism is palpable, our loyalty is unmatched, and our deep-rooted community and tradition are felt by all who step foot in The Volunteer State.
Tennesseans are innovators and creators. As the birthplace of Country music and Dolly Parton, as the home of the Blues, and as producer of the best barbecue in the country, our state has endowed America with pastimes and entertainment that have become foundational to our Nation’s character and culture.
Tennesseans are leaders. There’s no doubt Tennessee has raised up world changers and history makers that have fundamentally transformed the state of Tennessee and the entire Nation. From influential political figures like Davy Crockett, Old Hickory, and James K. Polk, to torchbearers for women’s suffrage in the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association. From the “King of Rock n’ Roll” Elvis Presley, to record-breaking University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, Tennesseans past and present are proud to call these trailblazers – and many more – their own.
Tennesseans are resilient. Though our state has seen tremendous growth and success the past 225 years, we have also faced adversity, and we have overcome challenges. From women’s suffrage, to the fight for civil rights, and wars at home and abroad, we are forever indebted to the courageous volunteers who served and sacrificed to preserve America – and more importantly our state – as a beacon of freedom and hope. Yet when we reflect on the challenging chapters of our history, there’s a common thread woven through our story: in every trial and tribulation, Tennesseans have come together, we’ve persevered, and we’ve walked out the other side more unified, more fortified, and stronger than before. And after an unprecedented year fighting this pandemic, I have full confidence we will do it again.
As someone who has lived in other parts of our country and foreign lands, Tennessee has always been and always will be home. As a native of Gallatin and now a resident of Nashville, I am blessed to serve our wonderful state. From Mountain City to Memphis, the Great Smoky Mountains to the Tennessee Valley, the Grand Ole Opry to Graceland, it is my honor to serve and represent you in the United States Senate. Happy Birthday, Tennessee.”