The Patriot

Independence Day

Happy Fourth everyone!

What a special day it is… this is seriously one of my favorite days in the entire year.

But why?

Well, it’s so important to what makes America, America. It ties us back to our Forefathers and the morals that our great land was built on. Without the Fourth, would we remember these men who signed a paper that started a country? Would we even remember the paper? How much of our respect for our own history would we have without this marked day in the calendar reminding us to stop and look back?

I went to a Day long Lecture on WW1 last fall, and one of the points that was made about why some wars are restarted and fought all over again (for example, both WWs) is that over the generations, people start to forget what war is like. After a couple generations stories become just that, stories. Without experiencing the events first hand, it’s hard for us as humans to fully comprehend what it is.
And that’s, I think, what our founding fathers had in mind when they saw that the Fourth of July was set aside in America as a day of celebration and remembrance. To remember the great step that was taken, and what it cost the first Americans.

And that, I believe, is why The Fourth of July is so important.

It has been a beacon of hope in dark days. A torch that reminds us that we are still American, no matter who is running this country, or how far things have fallen from what the Founding Fathers designed. We are American, and if we could last 238 years while other countries rose and fell around us, we can last a couple hundred more!

I firmly believe that this is more then just a holiday to be celebrated, or another three-day weekend from work. This day is a symbol not just to us but to the rest of the world that we will not relent. We will strive to remain the America that was signed into existence on two occasions. On July 2nd, when the Continental Congress put their names to a Declaration of Independence, and then again on June 21 when the Constitution was finally ratified.

So today, remember what today is. A symbol to the ages. A connection back to 1776.

Today is Independence Day

And now for a gift to you all… a playlist of my favorite Fourth of July tunes.

Made in America – Toby Keith

God Bless America – Celine Dion

God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

Independence Day – Martina McBride

God Bless America!

P.S. let me know in the comments how you are celebrating Independence day! Are you watching a Liberty Kids marathon? The Patriot? 1776? Are you eating only Red, White, and Blue foods? Are you visiting a Veteran’s Home? Let me know!
I’ll be watching The Patriot. Family tradition 🙂

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July 2nd

July 2nd, 1776. Philadelphia. A document is signed that will forever change the world’s ideas of government. A Declaration of Independence is issued from a nation that is little more then 13 colonies who can’t get along, but agree on one important issue. That freedom is for all mankind, and they at last are demanding their share of it.
What an amazing feeling that must have been to stand outside the hall, waiting for the moment when it comes; the bells, and cheers, the knowledge that no matter what, you’ve done it. You’ve declared your independence to the world.
Back here in 2014, how many of us actually celebrate the Fourth like it originally was meant to be celebrated? I like to think of it as a renewal of those words from long ago in the hearts of Americans, relearning what we were supposed to memorize in Middle school.

“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.”

I could put the whole Declaration up, it is such a mesmerizing and poetic piece of work!
This is what I think of on the Fourth. Not fireworks (though that does come close second… I am American after all!) and certainly not silly hats and beer.
Now, I am not accusing America of not taking to heart the truth about the Fourth, there are to many people out there who’ve lost someone in the pursuit of independence to not understand. But often people can get swept in the flow, and forget.
Do not forget.
There are men and women fighting for your freedom that this document secured for you over 200 years ago. The least you could do is read it once more, and let yourself be amazed that this mighty nation was born from this small piece of paper.
I know I will.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen The Patriot with Mel Gibson (*gasp*) please go watch it.
This is the week to after all. 🙂

God Bless America!

P.S. There will be more liberty themed posts upcoming.