Independence Was Not Freedom

4th of July….one of my favorite times of year.

There have already been fireworks going off the past few days. I think people love going gungho even before the big finales on the 4th’s night. In the nights before you can see the little sparks of light that burst out here and there across the little valley around my house. I would love to be able to watch the 4th of July fireworks from atop a mountain vantage point (which is on my bucket list!)

One thing we often seem to forget though is what 4th of July is all about. It’s actually pretty easy to overlook what we celebrate the 4th for.

Of course it’s Independence Day you say! A time for fireworks, barbecues, picnics, and time with family and friends. You’re right, but it’s much more than that.

We declared our independence from England on this day and became our own country. But it didn’t stop there. We had to fight a war to gain our independence from Britain and prove to the rest of the world that we could hold our own. And we did! With all the odds against us, somehow a rag-tag, (semi) volunteer army in need defeated a global superpower! Britain! The most powerful nation on earth at the time. A nation with colonies and resources on almost every continent on the earth. And 13 small colonies were able to stand up to them and win.

Now all that to say that the world was definitely turned upside down when we split off and started doing our own thing, but we forget how many died in those first few years of revolution and since then. Soldiers that were fighting for a purpose. Fighting to create a haven of safety and freedom for those who seek it.

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A picture is worth a thousand words and the photo above is excellent in aiding us to remember the sacrifice made for our freedom.

We also forget that there continue to be people that fight for our freedom both in our government and in our military throughout as forces unseen attempt to attack the freedoms we have internally and externally.

So as we celebrate and watch the little bits of dynamite bursting forth in the night sky, remember the reasons we are able to exercise our freedom.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

~ Ronald Reagan

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