Saturday, July 5, 2008
Happy Birthday, USA!
July 4th is a fabulous day! Take a minute to remember why we celebrate today. It isn't about hamburgers on the grill, swimming and going to see fireworks. Today is the day we celebrate the Independence of our country won so many years ago. It all seems so far removed from us as we sit here in 2008 and lead this life where we can pretty much do as we please. That right came at a price that so many fought for so many years ago and so many more continue to serve today to ensure those freedoms for people all over this world. When I hear our National Anthem, I sing each word with pride. I say the Pledge to our Flag clearly and with pride. I am teaching my children the words to both so that they know them as well. It is something small, but it is an easy way to teach them to have pride in their country.
My grandfather, Henry VanWezemaal, came to this country from Belgium through Ellis Island. He served this county as a cook on a Navy ship in WWII. He was a proud American. I grew up with very patriotic grandparents who taught me a love of land and country. So on this day, The 4th day of July, take a moment away from suntan lotion and watermelon and sparklers and sing the National Anthem. It tells a story....
"Gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave?
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave"
That is some powerful stuff.