When I think about the Fourth of July, I imagine the smell of fresh-cut grass and burgers on the grill. It’s about relaxing and spending the day with loved ones after a hard week’s work. The idea of enjoying what’s been earned is what July 4th is all about.

Most folks will appreciate the hard work of farmers and ranchers to be thankful for the hamburgers and sweet corn. However, we should also focus on the hard work, bravery, and inspiration of our founders.

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. This document showed the perseverance of freedom under the most extreme of conditions. Britain was ruling from afar with tyranny. We are a nation of representation and freedom – two things that the British did not allow us. We fought for that freedom. Farmers picked up their rifles and defended their homes and families against the well trained, well equipped British army. They were fighting for the American dream.

We can learn much from our predecessors. Ever since we won our independence from Britain, we have been faced with constant threats to our very way of life. Time and time again, the American spirit has come out on top. No form of fascism, communism, or fear could render the American spirit ineffective. We have always managed to come out victorious, no matter the price.

On this Fourth of July, let us remember those who paid the ultimate price. Freedom is not free, and the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces have always stood ready in face of these foes. Let us recall the bravery of our young men and women putting God and country before themselves. May

God bless you, your family and our great country this Fourth of July.


'Merica said...

Well written and deserving of a patriotic tear.

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