Happy Birthday America
It’s that time of the year again... the holiday when we all gather with family and friends, usually at the lake, to barbecue and shoot fireworks. It’s all a lot of fun, but do you ever really stop and think what Independence Day is all about?
We all know John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 to gain the United States independence from England. U.S. History 101.
No, it wasn’t quite that simple. John Adams said, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.”
He knew of the sacrifices men and women would face for generations to come. Yet, he did not waver... He knew the journey would be worth the fight.
Thousands and thousands of lives have been lost since that day, yet the flag still waves proudly and America is still free.
Thomas Paine said, “If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Unfortunately, history has proven each generation must fight its own wars. Oh, but, peace is still the goal.
Perhaps Lee Greenwood said it best when he sang these words: “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the U.S.A.”
Yes, Independence Day is about the birth of a great nation, but it’s also a celebration of our freedom and a tribute to those who have died defending its honor.
So, this holiday, eat your hot dogs, go to a ball game and watch the big fireworks show, but remember to fly the flag high. Let the world know, we are still the greatest nation on earth and we are still willing to defend Old Glory.
Have a safe and happy holiday...and thanks to all you veterans out there.
Happy Birthday America!