Americans as you celebrate today with your family and friends at picnics and barbeques, take a few minutes to ponder why America celebrates today.
It’s really a shame that many of our school chidlren don’t know why we celebrate the 4th. We celebrate it because it is America’s “Indepence Day” the day America became a free Nation.
We live in a great nation that allows us the freedom to be who we want to be. We have the freedom to voice our opinions, the freedom to marry whom we wish, the freedom to choose our own career or start our own business, where women are free too – and are equal.
Regardless of your political views or your personal views of war – we ask that you take the time to honor all the men and women, past and present, that have fought for your freedom
Hope you have a Happy, Safe, Fun 4th of July!
“Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.”
Daniel J. Boorstin
“The greatest lesson we can learn from the past. . . is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world.”
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE — Author unknown
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom isn’t free.