Independence Day

soldier and flag
Sometimes when it comes to July 4th and the Independence Day celebrations that we share I think we forget why we do it.

 So I thought I’d share a couple thoughts today about  our great country and the love we should all have for it.In recent days we hear mostly about how terrible our country is or what we’ve done in the past that was despicable.  Today, let’s instead focus on the freedoms we have in this country that are extraordinary.  I know it’s not always been pretty but we have been world leaders in pursuit of freedom and equality.  So let’s continue to grow and develop our country to make the next generation proud.
My dad served as a Drill Sargent for the Korean War, so there was a constant reminder in our household that freedom isn’t free.  And that we need to have a healthy respect for those that serve, have served and the freedoms that have been won.  Let’s not forget the solemn aspect of the quote below while we treasure the lives of freedom we lead.I love this quotation from John Adams who risked his life in helping us establish this country!  “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Be safe this 4th while you celebrate and treasure freedom.  May God Bless America.

Here’s some additional great quotes….

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.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

John Adams (1735–1826)
That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown; and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794)
There, I guess King George will be able to read that.

John Hancock (1737–1793)
Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

John Adams (1735–1826)
While Gen’l Howe with a Large Armament is advancing towards N. York, our Congress resolved to Declare the United Colonies free and Independent States. A Declaration for this Purpose, I expect, will this day pass Congress…It is gone so far that we must now be a free independent State, or a Conquered Country.

Abraham Clark (1726–1794)
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
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.

John Adams (1735–1826)
Equal and exact justice to all men…freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)