Independence Day is a day for cookouts, fireworks, time with family and friends. It’s time to go to the local park or other recreational facility. Right? Well for too many Americans that is all that it consists of. Sometimes the true meaning of the fourth of July is obscured by our many busy activities and doings.
The fourth of July means spending time thinking of those soldiers on far off battlefields that are being shot at. It means thanking God that there are many braver and more willing than I to leave family, friends and security of everyday life to water the tree of liberty. That there are those who, instead of pursuing a lucrative career in business, instead don the uniform of a grunt, a devil-dog, a sea-bee or a fly-boy and ensure the blessings of liberty to us and our posterity. They heeded the call of duty and answered, some to return, others to fall.
This day brings to mind the words of the song: “All gave some, some gave all. Some stood true for the red, white and blue, and some had to fall… If you ever think of me, think of all your liberties and recall, some gave all.” Truer words were never spoken. As some have noted, “It was not the poet who gave us freedom of speech, nor was it the reporter who gave us freedom of press, nor was it the reverend who gave us freedom of religion, but the soldier.” We can thank the soldiers who have given of themselves, sometimes paying with their lives to ensure that their sons and daughters would grow up in a country free from tyranny and oppression. From Bunker Hill and Lexington, to Philadelphia, to the beaches of Virginia and the hills of Appalachia, to the distant shores of Tripoli and the Mexican wilderness, to the beaches of Normandy and the Islands of the Pacific, to Inchon in Korea, to the rice paddies of Vietnam, to the island of Panama, to the sands of the Middle East and Afghanistan, to wherever next they be, we salute our boys and girls in uniform and thank them with the utmost degree of respect and adoration. We know that they are not perfect and have fear and apprehension of their situations, but we know also that they push on, showing their patriotism by their deeds and not simply their words. May God Bless our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines on this fourth of July and give them strength, courage, and wisdom and may they come home safe and soon. God Bless America.