color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Celebrating Independence Day

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Celebrating Independence Day

This is how I am celebrating Independence Day:

I'm going to wake and go to my full pantry and select one of four brands of coffee in our pantry -- four of at least 15 brands available in the five fully stocked and overwhelmingly large grocery stores within 5 miles of our home. I will celebrate the bounty and resounding economic freedom we enjoy.

I'm going to read the newspaper that arrives at my home daily -- one of 3 or 4 available and one that I selected. Congress shall make no law respecting...or abridging the freedom... of the press...

I may dash off a letter to the editor in response to some opinion piece or someone else's opinion and it may be either supportive or critical of a local, regional, state or federal government person, policy or decision. Congress shall make no law respecting... or abridging the freedom of speech... or the right of the people... to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

If he announces his candidacy, I'm going to write a check to my (at the moment) favored Presidential candidate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;--the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed...

I will access the internet and read the views of 20-25 people and the news from 10-15 news sources and I may work on a blog post. Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...

I will write letters to a number of soldiers currently in Iraq and an email or two to a few others currently serving. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state... shall not be infringed. (I will joyously and exuberantly celebrate the willingness of my fellow citizens and others to raise their hand and swear, "This I'll defend.")

I will take one son to the shuttle to the airport for a flight to another large American city where he will attend the 07-07-07 wedding of his closest (since grade school) friend... now a NYC policeman. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

I will make my way to the town square to listen to people read the Declaration of Independence from the steps of our cherished court house, wave the flag of my country and pledge my allegiance to it, profess my love for the Greatest country in the history of the world and sing patriotic songs honoring this Nation and all the Freedom and Liberty, Prosperity and Justice for which She stands. Congress shall make no law... abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble...

I will pay tribute and openly thank the men and women who serve day in and day out protecting me and mine -- those who put it on the line for me every single day. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state... shall not be infringed. (and the police, fire and medical personnel who serve as well!)

I will stand with hundreds, thousands -- millions -- of others as we bow our heads and ask God -- by whatever name and by every name we call Him -- to bring Peace to our world -- wherever we are and however large or small our world may be... I will pray for Peace... Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble...


And I will pray for Victory... pray for Victory over those who would kill me and mine and you and yours because you do not believe as they believe... just because you have these Freedoms... and because you enjoy these Bounties.

On this day, I celebrate the Greatness of these United States of America... and am ever grateful that we stand free and independent of the control of any other nation.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.

13 Comments:

At 7/04/2007 9:53 AM , Anonymous Susan said...

These are such amazing liberties and so many people take them for granted, as do I at times. Your reminder of them is eloquent. Take care and Happy 4th!!
If you get a chance check out the Ohio Fallen Heroes Monument. It was rededicated this past weekend in Sunbury Ohio and is an inspiring place to be.

 
At 7/04/2007 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfectly said. Thank you!

Tammi

 
At 7/04/2007 3:51 PM , Anonymous MissBirdlegs in AL said...

Just right!! Thank you.

 
At 7/04/2007 5:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, thank you! We are so blessed in this country.
So glad I found your blog. We have been 'supporting' a young soldier from a Stryker unit for a almost a year before he deployed to his current location in Iraq. Two days ago he emailed to say the building he and three other soldiers were in on the third floor stairway, blew up. Fortunately all survived. However, docs checked him out and said he had a grade 1 concussion and was just fine to go to his tent and sleep. The docs just needed to 'document' this injury. His chest ached, lost his hearing temporarily, among other things. And he has only been in Iraq 3 months. Told him what I know as a nurse to best care for his injury, and can only hope for the best. Don't think he was given any time off to recover. Have been reading TBI info for several months, and this really scares me.
Thanks for your great post.
Cathy B

 
At 7/04/2007 7:34 PM , Blogger Claire said...

Bravo, and very well said. It really is a perspective I wish I held with every breath. I know all to well that complacency is an easy pitfall in the land of plenty.

 
At 7/05/2007 7:46 AM , Blogger David M said...

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A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

 
At 7/05/2007 7:48 AM , Anonymous SK said...

Beautifully done, as always.

 
At 7/05/2007 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. And thank you.

 
At 7/05/2007 10:54 PM , Anonymous patty said...

May God be merciful to those who can't find good things to say about your sons and daughters in harms way.

patty (who has the right to faithfully pray for our military)

 
At 7/06/2007 4:36 AM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Right on!

 
At 7/06/2007 9:34 AM , Anonymous CavMom said...

I found your site via YankeeMom and I am so glad!

This is a very well written piece. Thank you for the thought that went into your words.

I will be sharing the link with friends and family.

 
At 7/06/2007 10:18 AM , Blogger Debbi (no 'e' on the end) said...

This is wonderful. Thank you for putting this all into words that hopefully all can relate to. Bless you & yours.

 
At 7/06/2007 11:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!!!

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