Back in May, we had Memorial Day and I did a post about how it was a day of Remembrance, NOT Celebration. Now here it is the 4th of July, a day of Celebration BECAUSE of the people who we remember on Memorial Day.
The Fourth of July IS a day where you can have parties, spend time with your family and enjoy your FREEDOM. That doesn’t mean that you should ever forget the ones who died for your freedom and the ones who are still off fighting right at this moment, but today is a day that you CAN celebrate.
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. ~Erma Bombeck
So to all those watching fireworks today, eating BBQ, or just staying home with the family and watching celebrations on TV, I hope you have a happy 4th of July!
To all those still over seas fighting, thank you so much for your sacrifices and giving us this day to celebrate. To the families of the ones over seas fighting, Thank YOU too for allowing your loved ones to serve our country and I pray that they will return home safe to you as soon as possible. A special shout-out to my niece Lydia: I am so proud to say that I have a niece married to a Marine and I am so thankful each and every day that he is out there doing something that so many aren’t able to do or aren’t brave enough to do. I pray each and every day for his safe return to you and you and him are always in my thoughts and prayers.
And 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.
Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown