04 July 2009

Independence Day!!

"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 from them to do the same."--Ronald Reagan

"The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duty and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."--John Adams

"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."--Thomas Jefferson

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
--Francis Scott Key

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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."—Abraham Lincoln

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."—John Stuart

Our nation was founded by the smartest men ever to live on this planet! It has since been protected and held together by the bravest men ever to live. I thank God every night that I was born in this country, under its flag, given the freedoms I have grow to love, cherish and yes even at times take for granted. But I will never forget! My freedom was paid for by the sweat and blood of greater men then me. So as you go through out your day today take a moment and remember again what it means to be an American! And that doesn't mean you have to go sign up at your nearest recruiting center but remember those who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom!...and enjoy a hotdog and or hamburger, Ice Cream and fireworks! Because that is what they are fighting for…YOU!!

We started our day with the Vineyard Ward Annual Flag Raising/Pancake Breakfast this morning at 6:00! It was good! Josie Penrod's dad came and spoke, the Primary kids sang, and Rachel Davenport read a history of the flag! It was early and I wasn't wearing super cute shoes…but it was fun! I hope everyone has a great 4th!

And God Bless America!

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