AUGUSTA — The July 4th weekend is a time to celebrate all that’s good about America and its people, and take stock of out place in history, Gov. John Baldacci said today in his weekly address.

After the smoke from the sparklers clears and the sound of patriotic music fades, Baldacci said, we will return to the circumstances we face today. He said people are upset with high unemployment, the Gulf Coast disaster and discord in Washington.

But today’s troubles “will only be short passages” in the story of our country, the governor said, and just as we overcame the Great Depression, we will overcome this recession.

Baldacci also expressed gratitude and respect for members of the military who are serving in harsh conditions, far from family and friends.