Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Explosion In The Sky - Centerville, Utah
It's July 4th, which is Independence Day in America!

This is when we celebrate our freedoms and liberties, although many people don't think much about the meaning of this holiday. It's easy to get caught up in the barbecues and fireworks and get-togethers and to never consider that "the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."

It's easy to forget that people gave their lives (and many risked everything) so that we could enjoy freedom. And we've spent much of the next 240 years letting our liberties slip through our fingers. We do very little to preserve it, and so we lose it. We trade freedom for security, and in the end we won't have either.

Perhaps it's easier not to think about these things. But maybe with all of the great fun this July 4th, we can find a moment to appreciate what this holiday is about.

I do realize that The Star-Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812 and has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence. Still, it seems fitting for this post so I used it. I'm free to do that.

Happy 4th of July!


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