For all my reading friends around the world, today my Country celebrates its birthday, our Independence Day.
It is the one day each year we are united together as Americans; from vastly different and sometimes opposing perspectives and world views to stand side by side on the sidewalks of virtually every town in the entire country and salute our flag, watch antique cars, children on bikes and trikes, High School bands and our proud soldiers parade by us to our wild delight.
We eat entirely too much food and play lawn games during the day and wait anxiously for the darkness to fall so we can huddle together on blankets and enjoy the thrill of fireworks that remind us of the great battles that have been fought to possess this land and to defend our freedoms. We fellowship with each other on this day from afternoon until the last flaming spark fades from the skies above.
I love my country, and I am a fiercely proud American. My children are in Her service as volunteers, and while America is not perfect I would not want to live anywhere else in the world.
In honor of this day, I am posting a collection of quotes and such that reflect my Country’s heritage.
We the People, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon 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 battlefield 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 ~ The Gettysburg Address
“It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. … I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” -John Adams
“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” -Thomas Jefferson
“We know what works: Freedom works. We know what’s right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.” –George H.W. Bush
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14