Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independence Day

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I've always loved the 4th of July. It's a day after my birthday, so I've had a special bond with it. I usually remember what it's really about.  A day to celebrate our freedom, to be patriotic, and watch fireworks. I think it's good to remember though that the 4th of July is no mere day. It is our country's day of independence.

Something about this year made Independence Day mean more to me. Perhaps I'm getting older, understanding more about politics, war, sacrifices our military make. I believe a lot had to do with me being a mom now. As I watched the jet's fly over head before our city's celebration, tears flooded my eyes with pride. As we were staring at the sky with fireworks going off behind a waving lighted American Flag, my heart swelled. I held my scared and tired baby boy, so thankful to God that he was born in this country of pride, courage, bravery, sacrifice, and so much more. I'm grateful that God has provided for this country and has brought it through so much in the past years. I'm worried about what direction our country is going, what my son will have to deal with. I'm confident that the American people will stand though, for what is right, what is noble. It may take a while, and there may be people fighting against it, but I pray that it in the end people look back to July 4th, 1776 and remember what our fore fathers did for this country and bring us back to that station.

I found this quote that I absolutely love, and I feel it really brings back the reason for our celebrations:

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires an...d Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

*It says the second day because that when the declaration was written, however it wasn't accepted until the fourth day.

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