Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day!

It is good to be free, isn't it? I feel the ease of it every day. I have no real encumbrances upon my freedom to love my Savior openly and I can homeschool in whatever way I wish. There is a great deal, really, that I take for granted because it is natural and expected here in the United States. It is a blessing that is often overlooked. I don't want to do that today. I want to take stock in all that I have and what some people, even today, will give up for me.


I want to mention people like the Fightin' 6th Marines - these amazing people are doing what I never could do. This post says it all for me. Let's not forget these guys in prayer and let's not forget to say a great big THANK YOU! This is a blog for those of you who want a first hand look at what is really going on.



 Some Gave All Tribute Blog



These ladies are honoring those that gave all because Freedom isn't Free. I have joined them. I cannot tell you what it feels like to give so much. I cannot tell you what it would feel like to give up my son--and if I am honest I hope I never have to know. There are so many though, that do. Let's not forget them today.


To all the families who are waiting for their loved ones today; to all the mothers and fathers who have given of their children; to all those who served in any war we have ever had; I want to say thank you today. There are no words to convey the grateful heart I have for all the sacrifice given the 231 years we have been a nation.


As we celebrate with barbeques and fireworks, sparkling eyes and happy smiles, let's remember those in the dirt and the heat of battle. As the Fightin' 6th said in their blog post today:


So please, with all sincerity, enjoy the Independence Day celebrations. Spend time with your families, savor your hamburgers and hotdogs, have a cold one (or two) for us. We will be here, doing that which must be done.

That's what we're here for.




Darrensgirl said...

Hi there,

As a military wife, thank you for your encouraging words. We count it a great blessing to be able to serve our country. My husband has had the opportunity to travel to many countries that don't understand the freedoms we enjoy in such abundance. It's a sober reminder to be ever grateful for the gift we have.

Happy July from Israel!


Anonymous said...

Last night we went to a concert on the square. (Downtown Madison)

As they played the 'service songs' they asked the all of those who had served to stand.

They stood while their song was playing.

ie Anchors Away for the Navy.

The crowd clapped for each group and then they all got a nice hand at the end.

It was very touching.



UndertheSky said...

Thank you, Maggie! I hope you had a lovely fourth in Israel! I appreciate all your husband is doing.

Donna, that sounds so neat. I would have loved to have seen that. :+) I think it is so important to honor our vets.