Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

I am so grateful to live in America. I am grateful for the freedoms we enjoy. And I am grateful to those who sacrificed and still do sacrifice to help defend these freedoms.

"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 [. . .]

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." --The Declaration of Independence

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." --Gettysburg Address

Also, I like this video. And this song. So you should watch it and feel all nostalgic and patriotic.

I know that our history is not perfect (is any country's?), but I admire the men and women who have sacrificed their all to protect and promote freedom.

"Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife; Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!" 

Happy Independence Day. May God bless America.

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