You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence
every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
Happy Birthday America!
I love the quote by Erma Bombeck, because really, we who are Americans, we who celebrate our Independence Day with fireworks and parades and BBQ’s are a blessed people. We take so very much for granted. This great American experiment is just that. It’s a delicate balance between free people and a tyrannical government. Men, of vision and character and courage, overcame incredible odds to deliver us the freedom and liberty we are blessed to experience today.
My heart is grateful that as American citizens we live in this place at this time.
We on this continent should never forget
that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs
but to secure liberty for their souls.
~Robert J. McCracken
Last summer was our first in small town America.
My friend came to visit and we walked around our square mile community.
Being new in town, I was kind of like your average tourist, taking photos of the quaint expression of patriotism I encountered on that walk. At least until the battery on my camera died.
Flags were flapping in the breeze. But not many.
Though heavily steeped in early revolutionary history, American flags were noticeably absent from the majority of front porches in this sweet and picturesque historic town.
Have we already begun to take for granted the sacrifice for our freedom?
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions,
the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned
and refreshed – else like a flower
cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
My God! How little do my countrymen know
what precious blessings they are in possession of,
and which no other people on earth enjoy!
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny
of the republican model of government are justly considered…
deeply, …finally, staked on the experiment
entrusted to the hands of the American people.
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
~John Philip Sousa
If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag,
I say to him – it means just what Concord and Lexington meant;
what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people
against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known
– the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.
~Henry Ward Beecher
May the sun in his course visit no land more free,
more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!
Whatever you do to celebrate today….
wave the flag….
and give thanks to our Creator for the privilege of living in these…
United States of America!
Happy Independence Day!
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