Happy Birthday ‘Murica (And, Thank You)

It’s the Fourth of July.  I don’t say it enough, but I am grateful for our service men and women – the people who put their lives on the line to preserve the freedoms so many Americans take for granted every day.  Truthfully, I recently saw (for probably the 50th time) a Facebook meme with an American flag and the phrase “The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it…..The American flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died serving it,” written across it.

It makes my heart swell knowing that I can spend the day enjoying time with my family, barbecuing, swimming, and watching fireworks.  With all the bickering back and forth recently over whether gay marriage is right or wrong, or whether a Civil War flag is right or wrong, I think we should all take a step back, at least for the moment, and be grateful to those who gave their lives and continue to dedicate themselves so that we can express those very opinions.  There are plenty of other people in the world who are unable to enjoy what we take for granted.

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