What Does the 4th of July Mean to You?
Good afternoon and a blessed week to you. I hope you are doing great and not only celebrating the holiday week with all the state restrictions surrounding us, but also reflecting on our rich history as a nation. We are blessed people regardless if you are born American or chose to come to America for a better life.
For me personally, I love the celebration to recognize America. It is a great time of year for me personally. Having travelled the world in my former life, I have celebrated America throughout life and continue doing so. It is overwhelming to reflect back through the many years and mountains we have conquered to survive. The hard work and sweat through the founding years to the wars and survival of our forefathers and citizens to build a better nation. We have had our bumps and bruises along the way but we can only hope to have learned from the past to make a better future.
Through many faiths and cultures to be one, the believers in what our nation stood for with our site on a better tomorrow. Through the great depression to higher education and putting man on the moon, we stood for hard work, principles and our belief in the better good of mankind. From helping family and community to feeding the needy around the world, we the people moved forward to make America better along the journey. We didn't hold ill will towards the past but tried to ensure we didn't repeat the past.
From our firemen to police officers, homemakers to roofers, our military to missionaries, our churches to elected officials, engineers to astronauts, our highway crews expanding our reach to move materials during our World Wars, together we built America and the dream of a better future for our children and grandchildren. We the people, one race, one nation, under God and with integrity, strived to do what was right and for the betterment of all the people.
When our nations leaders spoke, we stood before our radios and televisions to hear the call for prayer, healing, and needs of our nation. We paid more when asked to do so. We sweat more when the demand for good was requested. We built the greatest nation on earth and shared our knowledge and wealth with the other less fortunate nations. We stood as the example of what was good in the world.
As we now live through these turbulent times in our history, I believe it is a great time to stop and reflect how our forefathers founded this great nation and we should celebrate our heritage. We hear movements inside our great nation to replace many of our traditions to include this historic holiday we know as July 4th. We hear voices threatening to kill pastors and others burn cities without resistance. Hate and fear is spreading across our great nation. My Patriot brothers and sisters, we must rise above these movements and defend and protect our great nation. It is our past and we owe it to ourselves and the many men and women over our history to reflect on their sacrifice to build this great nation.
No matter how you may have served in the past to reach this point in life, our nation needs us now more than ever. Our homes, communities, and nation will require each of us to do and give more in the months and years to come. How? We don't know the answer to this question yet. But for the time being. lets remember and celebrate our foundation and sacrifices through the years.
I don't know your history or how you got this point in life. For me, I love America. I love the red, white, and blue. I love the fireworks and parades and the celebration of who we are as a nation. I love the picnics of hotdogs, burgers and watermelon. I love watching my grandchildren holding sparklers and dancing around with the twirling light cast by them. I love seeing the older war veterans wearing a piece of their old uniforms as they wave their small American flags while enjoying the freedom they paid for, like so many others, years before. I love watching Ms. Lucy put out our patriotic dishes and streamers around the picnic area. I love the time with family, friends and neighbors who may stop by for some food and festivities during the day. I am thankful for the Patriotic friends I have met and spent time with from Hope for Survival. You see this is a day to celebrate who we are and the nation we represent. I love watching my red, white, and blue, float in the breeze freely and untampered with. The weight she carries, good and bad, yet she is free to fly high and proudly display who we are. We are Americans.
Give your family and neighbor a social distancing hug and let them know you appreciate them and tell them the things you are thankful for today. Make a comment below and tell me the things you are thankful for and enjoy about July 4th and the great nation we call America.
Have a blessed and enjoyable July 4th holiday weekend.
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