Saturday, July 4, 2009

Home of the Free Because of the Brave!

I know I'm late today, but my dad and his wife arrived in our neck of the woods yesterday and we've been spending time with them. I couldn't let 4th of July go by without some acknowledgment.

The United States. Do you know how unique we are? Our Constitution is the model for constitutions all over the world. Our representative democracy continues to have peaceful transfers of power from one administration to the next, no matter how acrimonious the election might have been. Our military is an entirely volunteer force...Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. People volunteer for numerous reasons, but the truth is, they are committing to put their lives on the line because they believe in the ideals that formed this nation. Perfect? Heck, no! Worth fighting for? Absolutely. I still cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner.

So, my husband, my brother, my step-brother, my father, my cousin, friends, sons of friends, on this 4th of July, I salute you. Thank you for serving your country. Whether you did it in the past or whether you are doing it now (or, for one young man I'm thinking of, whether you're shipping out in a few months), we are proud of you.

Happy 4th of July, my friends!

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