Synonyms: self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-subsistence
Happy Independence Day! July 4th – the day we Positively Celebrate our freedom as a nation.
Very often, when I hear the word freedom I get this ringing in my head – “freedom…freedom…freedom…” It’s Aretha Franklin belting out those words in her song ‘Think’! " Freedom – freedom – freedom – yeah freedom…" It always makes me want to dance, which I don’t think is too inappropriate for today.
There are different forms of freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from oppression, freedom from a dictator, freedom from an abusive spouse or parent. Freedom of and freedom from. Freedom brings responsibility; being accountable for one’s self and not infringing on other people’s rights - even when they don’t believe the same things we do.
|The revered Lady with the torch|
There have been wars and revolutions throughout history in the name of Freedom. I think sometimes we forget how dearly our own country paid for our
We have a number of symbols of our freedom here in the
– the flag, the eagle, the statue of liberty, among others. Betsy Ross is
credited with sewing the first American flag.
(Did you know A flag expert is called a "vexillologist?") It was also a woman, Emma Lazarus, whose poem "The New Colossus"
appears on the base of the statue of liberty.
Francis Scott Key of course wrote the lyrics to the Star SpangledBanner, something that I hope is still being taught in schools. It became our national
anthem in 1931. U.S.
|Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC|
I think the National Mall in
|Washington Monument, Washington DC|
Dakota there is Mount Rushmore
with it’s carved faces of presidents George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. It was built as a ‘shrine to democracy' by Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln, although a state
historian named Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea
of the sculpture. It is far more
impressive in real life than it is in pictures, with faces 6- ft tall or, to put it in perspecitve, the size of a 5 story building.
|Civil War Re-enactment|
There is Chickamagua,There is
Antietem and . Gettysburg
From sea to shining sea.
Different wars, different fights, different freedoms.
|Tomb of the Unknowns - Artlington|
We enjoy our beautiful Monuments to Freedom as well we should and revere those graveyards that honor the fallen who have defended that freedom. For they deserve to be honored. And thanked. Profusely.
In the midst of our picnics of hot dogs, burgers and sodas, our dips in the pool or the lake or the boat ride on the river, in the midst of our brightly lit, loud, colorful fireworks, let’s all try to stop for a just a minute and think about what we are celebrating. And then get back to dancing!
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.Ronald Reagan
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