Happy July 4th! Today that just doesn't seem like the right thing to say without truly recognizing what July 4th stands for in our great nation. Many of us know our history and we realize the founding fathers of this country put a stake in the ground so to speak in writing The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. They wrote a paper and sent it off to the King of England. That paper was backed by their resolve and oh so much more. They were stating and declaring war on England if the king didn't release them to form their own country. And war came. To celebrate when many of these men lost their homes, their fortunes and their family due to the very war they brought on. It seems odd to celebrate with such heart ache and yet we do because of the ideal of a better end result.
It seems odd to me today. Last week my son who is serving our country called to say he was home from his deployment. He had been injured in battle. It could have been serious. He could have died. As his mom, I don't want to celebrate a country that is at war. I'm too afraid of the price that could be paid. As a citizen who loves this country I will celebrate. I'll celebrate because this country is great, not perfect, but great. I'll celebrate because I am thankful. I am thankful for the blessings of this place. I'm thankful for the technology that protected my son. I'm thankful that if a bigger price had to be paid, many people would recognize the loss knowing the bigger picture is held in place. He serves to protect that better end result.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"
Today celebrate our great country. Celebrate each and every life that has spent their days on our soil. The 'end result' is no longer an ideal but a reality. Independence Day is a day to celebrate the life we chose to make here.
Happy July 4th.