God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...
We must never take our freedom for granted...
America’s Independence Day is right around the corner.
On the 4th day of the seventh month of the year, Americans remember, Americans celebrate and Americans party...like it’s 1776!
Thinking about all that has taken place and all that has had to happen, not just back when Independence was fought for and won, (woop woop...Freedom) but so often since, has me reflecting...
Lately, Patriotism seems lacking! (although, things seem to be turning around with a President back at the helm who actually loves America and is very patriotic) That's definitely refreshing, but it seems to me as if people are going about their daily routines without ever giving a second thought about the freedom we all enjoy here in America!
- Perhaps it is taken for granted.
- Perhaps it is not intentional at all, our lives are full and we have so much going on in our day to day.
Maybe it is not at all as bad as it appears at times.
Sadly, there are those, taking full advantage of their freedom, but for all the wrong reasons and in all the wrong ways. We see it displayed in anti-America, unapologetic and demeaning ways, by some that do not have anything to say at all about this Country, unless it’s ugly and derogatory.
I choose to focus on the positives and to give credit where credit is due and what better time to do that, than ahead of America's birthday!
Through World Wars, through attacks; on Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian islands, on Midway, on Alaskan territories and on the contiguous United States, in more recent years. Through all of the battles with enemies of the United States, fought abroad, so we’d not be forced to fight them here in the States, if we are paying attention, we understand that this beautiful thing called Independence, which we enjoy here, comes at a great cost and it must never, ever be taken for granted!
There is definitely a lot wrapped up in that phrase we’ve all heard at one time or another in our lives...Freedom is not Free!
Freedom is not Free...There are Costs
Independence Day comes on the heels of a day of Remembrance; Memorial Day, a day set aside, so that we may remember and pay homage to those that paid the ultimate price. The brave men and women that gave everything they could possibly give....they laid down their lives, in service to this Country....Freedom is not Free!
During the month of November, we give thanks to all Veterans. Our reminder of the many men and women that put themselves in harm’s way, so that we may go about our daily business. Our ability to do that.....to go about our daily business, doesn’t just happen by chance....Freedom is not Free!
Our Independence Day celebration also comes on the heels of another day of Remembrance, D-Day. World War II, June 6, 1944, Allied Forces (Great Britain, America, France and Canada) invaded Northern France, (which was Nazi-occupied) by means of beach landings in Normandy, so that France would no longer be and we would never be.....Nazi-occupied!
We have other days set aside to honor, which do not get quite as much attention; Armed Forces Day, the Army’s Birthday, the Coast Guard’s Birthday, Navy Day, Marine Corps Day and so many more (there’s even a Military Appreciation week, in May)
In my humble opinion.....any day set aside to honor bravery... beats the ridiculous days, such as ‘National Sock Day’ or ‘National Ice Cream Day’.....all day, every day!
(But, I have been known to wear socks...although rarely and known to eat ice cream, actually...quite often!)
Independence:Then and Now
Historians estimate that only 40% wanted Revolution. The remaining larger percentage, either remained loyal to the British Crown or wished to remain neutral, had no opinion.
Today, I wonder if the percentage that celebrates on the 4th day of July in some form or fashion, is higher than 40%?
What is the percentage of those giving any real thought to what it is they are celebrating or the percentage of those giving any real thought to the cost of their freedom?
Of course, I'm always wondering about that indecisive crowd...those wishing to remain neutral in all things. Do they just go with the flow, as their neutral ancestors before? (Whatever! We'll take freedom or we'll leave it....what's the difference?)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer
The Declaration of Independence Continues...
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World...
The Author, Thomas Jefferson...continues with multiple Facts, I'll not list them all here, but you know where to find them!
Throughout, I've touched on parts of the actions of the Second Continental Congress, via the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.
While this was only the Beginning for us, this is how the Declaration of Independence concludes:
WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
This gives me goosebumps every single time I hear it or read it.
I am so thankful for the bold move which was made nearly 250 years ago on my behalf and I am equally grateful to all that insure this bold move stands throughout the test of time.
Happy Independence Day All!
We should be celebrating America every day!
World Book Encyclopedia
U.S. Constitution/Declaration of Independence
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A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2020:
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 14, 2018:
Another day set aside to honor....Happy Flag Day America!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 12, 2018:
Also, funny story to share.
The very last picture in this article is of me and my cousin. She sent me a message and thought it was funny that we were “hanging out by the flag” in all of our pictures.
We agreed that in the presence of the American flag is a pretty good place to be. (had to include one of the pictures) :)
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 11, 2018:
Thank you Pamela for taking the time to read my article and for commenting.
I am so glad that you enjoyed reading it, I thoroughly enjoyed writing it.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 11, 2018:
I am a grateful American as well for all those who sacrificed everything. I like the way you wrote passages of the Declaration of Independence interspersed in your writing. This is an excellent article.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 09, 2018:
Yes I remember when that happened, I don’t remember if I was already boycotting the NFL before that disgusting display occurred or if that was the final straw for me. Argh......thanks a lot Leland for bringing that up!
;) JK Always good to hear from you.
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on June 09, 2018:
It was amazing to me that one of our NFL teams had several members that would not stand for the national anthem last year, but then went to play an exhibition game in England and DID stand for England's National Anthem. England has historically been the number 1 perpetuator of slavery and colonization, and they stand for THEIR anthem. It just goes to show that the players don't really understand what it is they're protesting. They're just jumping on a bandwagon. Great article, AB. I always enjoy reading your work.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 09, 2018:
To those that sit for the Anthem (or choose to stay in the locker room...same difference, in my humble opinion) and to those who choose to disrespect the President by rejecting invitations to the White House, the President has now called them out on it.
He has asked that the disrespecters and the kneelers talk to him about anyone they personally know or know of that has been wronged and they will work together to fix it.
Let us see if anyone takes him up on the offer.
breakfastpop on June 09, 2018:
To those that sit for the Anthem and try to divide our nation, I say shame on you. You do not represent America, and I pray you never do.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 08, 2018:
I think it's innately in most of us Eric, although some try very hard to fight it and squash it!
I'm sure your son sees the love of Country which exists in you...so he is getting a double dose! :)
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 08, 2018:
To my reckoning I cannot not really get any concept more than honor of country. I hope I teach my boy the same.