Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th everyone!! Hope everyone has a great weekend. I know I will. We'll be at the Lovely Mrs' aunt and uncles for a cookout this evening. Then after dinner we'll head down to the Air Force Base for what I hear is an incredible fireworks display. I'm sure it'll be a great day, and I hope it is for everyone else also. But while we're out there having fun; standing over our BBQ grills, lighting the fuses on our firecrackers, and in some cases throwing back a few, we shouldn't forget to take a moment to remeber how it is we got here, or why it is we really celebrate the 4th of July. How many of us are going to take the five minutes it takes to explain to our children why we celebrate this particular day, why this day is so important? I hope everyone will take a moment and consider what this day really means to all of us. On this day, 228 years ago, a group of men, at the peril of their own lives, signed their names to a document that would forever change the course of the world. The very act of signing their names to this document, ensure that should they fail, they would all be certainly face exectution. Indeed, many of these men were punished by the throne, execution, siezure of their property, imprisonment of theirselves or even their families. These men risked everything so that they and their families and descendants would know freedom. They had a vision for this great nation and were willing to risk everything for that vision. So somewhere in between the burgers and the weenies, take a moment and remember those that risked everything to make possible this great nation, the greatest nation on the face of this Earth. And just as important, take a moment to remember those whome still risk everything to ensure that those freedoms remain ours to enjoy. Happy 4th, and God bless.