Monday, July 4, 2011

We celebrate, but we must never forget that our freedoms are not free. They have been paid for with the blood of our armed forces.

Happy Fourth of July to one and all on this, the 235th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. The historians go forth and back with arguments about the exact day we should be recognizing and even some of our founders thought a day other than the 4th would be most remembered, but, in the end, it is, and has been our designated day to celebrate our birth as a free people and a free nation. I happen to think it's okay for scholars to examine the record carefully because we as Americans should never be afraid of the facts. Truth, honesty, and integrity are also a part of our legacy and we should be glad that we want to get it as right as possible. As we celebrate the actual day that the Congress approved the Declaration, on July 4, 1776, we should be very much aware of the cost that ensued as a result. Lives lost, property and wealth destroyed, and a price tag written in blood was what it took to hand down freedom to you and I today. We would be hard pressed to find much space in years since the beginning of our Republic where none of our fighting forces were actively engaged somewhere in the world with those wearing the uniform of our country giving up their lives. I know today is a day to enjoy our freedoms. And, that we should do. But may we never forget those who have died to make us free and those who continue to do so even as we pause to celebrate our independence. I will admit the photo I chose for today's episode is chilling. It is a comrade mourning the loss of his friend killed in Afghanistan. May God bless all our men and women who make our freedoms possible, and may God bless America. Amen.    .....More later.

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