“If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” On this 5th of July, independence day in Algeria, I would like to borrow Isaac Newton’s famous quote to say that if we have been able live as free Algerians in an independent Algeria for the past forty-nine years, it is because we have benefited from the sacrifice of millions of heroes. Those are our giants. Millions of people, young and old, men and women, Algerians and non-Algerians who did not hesitate to give up their lives for over a century to prevent the programmed annihilation of a whole nation. Yes, much can be said about the sorry state of affairs in Algeria today. No Algerian would disagree with that. But today is not the day to recount one more time our misfortunes. Today is a day to salute and commemorate the courage and martyrdom of those who came before us. Those who afforded us the luxury of having such a celebration today. Today is a day to honor their memory by committing ourselves to try, in whatever capacity we can, with whatever means we have, to carry on their mission and make Algeria the beautiful and prosperous country she deserves to be.