Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thoughts on the Fourth of July

When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was check my personal email.  As I went through the 100+ emails that came during the night, I was struck by how many of them were headed, “Happy Independence Day,” “Happy July 4,” or simply “Happy 4th.”  The heading was inevitably followed by, “Save 25% on _______ [anything from boxer shorts to bass boats] during our spectacular Independence Day Sale!” 
That made me wonder if the 4th of July has become nothing more than a day to shop for bargains, cookout, and watch fireworks.  It made me stop a reconsider my on plans for the day, sleeping late, painting my den, and, yes, watching fireworks with Thomas.

But before I started my busy Independence Day, I stopped to remember those who have made it possible for me to live in freedom.  I cherish the freedoms we hold dear, and am grateful for all those down through the ages who have done their part to keep our county strong and free, whether they served in the military, in the legislature, in the judicial system, in our great workforce, or simple kept the home fires burning for those who did.  We all have our part to play to keep America strong and our freedoms alive.
So I will take this moment to remember and thank those in my immediate family who have served our country.

Harvey Shafer - WWII North Africa
Marion Shafer  - WWII South Pacific

Aubrey Shafer - WWII Europe
Earl Franklin Boyanton - WWII
Marion Boyanton - Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world

Ken Galen - Vietnam
Rick Carpenter – Iraq, Afghanistan

Kenny Galan - Iraq

Happy Independence Day!


Tamara said...

What a great reminder! We are trying to make sure the kids know the reason we celebrate the birth of our nation. It's sad that it gets lost amidst the ever-increasing hype of sales.

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