>Independence Day,


It started us on our road to freedom…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…and we still live by it today…

Happy Birthday America!

America is about possibilities… the possibility of expression, the possibility of  choice, the possibility of being yourself!

I just loved this boat all decked out in red white, and blue.

Freedom of expression? Gotta love ’em!

….along the waterfront, in a city that cradled the American Revolution,
we experienced a patriotic celebration . 

This, is America; free and restless, growing and full of hope.

“Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow – red, yellow, brown, black and white – and we’re all precious in God’s sight.”
(Jesse Jackson)

The most significant day in American history….the ‘Treaty of Independence’ was signed on 4th July 1776.

As much as I enjoyed our day in Boston, there is nothing like a celebration in rural America…parades with children on floats (hay wagons or trailers); local volunteer fire fighters – proud – with their freshly polished trucks, flags and patriotic buntings on almost every home;
 fireworks in the park where there is enough room for kids to run and play under their families watchful eye..
writing their names with sparklers in the darkening sky…

So, when I sang that National anthem that night, I envisioned our America and the salt of the earth American kids who are dying to defend her. 

“The Fourth of July is a day we celebrate the independence of our country. People celebrate with family and friends, barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, musical events and fireworks. Please raise your glass today and remember all the soldiers who have been taken from us, those who have served and are currently serving. These are individuals who know what the taste of freedom is. It is bitter at times but something that we will not compromise and are willing to lay down our lives for.”  (words from a soldier)

As the  fighter jets flew  over and the National Anthem played…I almost felt a need to find a veteran and thank them for their service…it makes me realize how our military is vital in protecting our freedom..
they truly are living patriots;
May God bless our troops, our leaders, and our citizens …

Wherever you were this past weekend, I hope you had happy holiday, and just for a moment, paused to remember how fortunate we are to live in the United States of America. We are not perfect, but each of us can make a difference.

As we sit on the river bank, or in a park ,or maybe in your own backyard watching children play and fireworks explode this Independence Day, remember that freedom is not free. Thank our veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service, fly Old Glory, and be proud!

Be Well.

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