Reflections about Independence Day

I wanted to take a bit of time and remember the first Independence Day and what it means to us today. I am very patriotic. I love our country. Does this mean I agree with everything happening in the country? No, but I have a deep love and respect for the foundation of Faith that our country was founded on. One of my next goals is to read some American History. I want to know more about our country. I want to understand more about the country and remind myself of what those days were like and meant for those people. Our forefathers were incredibly courageous and wanted to have freedom to do what they thought was best. We should have a great respect and appreciation for all the freedoms we have because they were bought with blood of the courageous men and women of our past. I hope none of us ever take for granted the freedoms that are available in this country. We can never imagine what they went through to make the decision to become free from Britain. It was not just any easy and quick decision. And none of us will ever be able to imagine the terrible time and the courage it took for the brave men to fight for their country. Not caring what happened to them but wanting to have freedom for their families. I hope you take time today to remember and to pray for our country. We need God desperately in these days.

I want to say a special thank you to the men and women who are in the military. Thank you for keeping us safe and for your courage and dedication.

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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The Star Spangled Banner

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith’s song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I thought these pictures of fireworks that Ezra took are just fantastic.

Please do not take my opinions here and run away with them. I feel strongly about this subject and felt I should say some of them. Most of all let God lead you into the right respect and honor that our country deserves. And this might look different to different ones but we do need to always remember how we have all the freedoms we so much enjoy in the United States of America. And may God see fit to bless America in the areas that He can because we are still one of the greatest countries in the world.

God Bless America!

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