As millions of Americans spend today gathered around the pool and grill, watching parades and fireworks, and donning their Red, White, and Blue, it is with perhaps the most like mind that they will posses in all 365 days of the year. There are few holidays that we celebrate as a nation that everyone recognizes in the same manner. Christmas and Easter are celebrated in several different ways, and even Memorial Day can be viewed in various ways depending on your views of war and service in the Armed Forces. But the Fourth of July, yes, that is different.
It’s hard to argue with the facts of the history that is America. From the Mayflower to King Philip’s War, King William’s War, Queen Anne’s War, King George’s War, the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, The Franco-American Navel War, the War of 1812, the Alamo, The Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World Wars 1 and 2, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is obvious that our freedom was bought with a price.
With a common cause, a shared love, and a rebel spirit, men and women have-for the last 235 years-sacrificed everything from everyday comforts to their last breath so that generation after generation could enjoy the freedoms afforded to those who live in this great nation. And it hasn’t just been for those who were born here or whose families came over on that very first trip. It has been recognized since the founding of our country that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave and millions have left their familiar homelands, to begin anew in America. Once here, it has become home. And that has meant not only enjoying the comforts of home, but loving it and fighting for it and everything that comes with it; namely Freedom.
Yet, one of the things that makes America so beautiful to those around the world is the “melding pot culture” that exists here. North, South, East, and West alike have established a presence in the U.S. of A. There is a strong sense of tradition in this country that encourages the traditions of countries from around the world to be carried out and passed on to the children, grandchildren, and great grand children of those who settled here long ago.
So, today as we pay homage to Lady Liberty and all her grandeur, remember that today is not about political parties, but about the freedom to choose a political party and vocalize those beliefs. And today is not about who’s running for what, but the fact that anyone can put their name in the hat. Today is about Freedom; freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to bear arms, the fact that every vote is counted. Today is about Freedom.
Whether you are deep in the heart of Texas, high in the North Carolina Mountains, sitting on the bay in San Francisco, laying on a beach in sunny Florida, enjoying a “pure” Michigan day, or eating some fresh peaches in gorgeous Georgia, remember the rocket’s red glare and that bombs had to burst in the air so that today could be about Freedom.