“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” —excerpt from the Declaration of Independence.
This Fourth of July, our family celebrated with two fireworks celebrations, three concerts (two were performed by a band our son is in called New Horizons and the other was our church’s worship team, who gave a concert on the front lawn of our church which is right along Main Street). We saw fantastic fireworks, ate burgers, funnel cakes and ice cream, and laughed with friends.
My favorite moment occurred right before the fireworks event we attended on July 3rd when 7000 Americans, who had gathered beneath the shadow of the mountains to celebrate our nation’s birthday, stood to their feet and sang the national anthem in one strong, mighty, and joyous voice.
It was magnificent.
When the fireworks had ended and the smoke had cleared, Lee Greenwood’s classic song “God Bless The USA” rang through the hills as we all headed back to our homes. It was the perfect way to end the celebration.
Above all, we cherished the fact that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave…
“…and I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land…
God bless the USA!” –Lee Greenwood