Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Born in the USA

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, Independence Day.

Many people are under the mistaken assumption that it was the day we gained our Independence from Great Britain.  Actually, that date was much later.  The fighting mostly ended with the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, however, the Treaty of Paris, in which we are recognized by Britain as a sovereign nation, was not until November 1783.

Freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, for all of us, is much like that.  It takes time.  It starts with the ideas.  It grows with plans and actions.  It needs time to develop to its complete fruition.

Fundamentalists, extremists, of all sorts, not just those of an Islamic background, some within our own borders, most not, aim to snuff out the very ideals that began this great country. 

Tomorrow, take time to remember all of those on the frontlines of these new battles, great and small.  And, remember, freedom is not 'free', a concept voiced by Ben Franklin, long ago.

I salute these men and women of our Armed Forces.

I hope that you will do so, too.

be well,
Dawn

13 comments:

astoriasand said...

Lovely posting we shall never forget them.Take Care God Bless KATH
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chat2missie said...

That was a great entry!
Missie

jckfrstross said...

great entry:)

Deb

eml625 said...

Excellent Entry !
And I love the Title !!! Hee hee

hugs,
Ellen

rdautumnsage said...

Wonderful tribute for the 4th!! Have a grand one dear heart! (Hugs) Indigo

sugarsweet056 said...

Great entry Dawn, I'll be doing a tribute too.
Have a great 4th!
Sug

ktkamanski said...

This was an awesome entry! Thank you Dawn for sharing! Have a wonderful 4th. Have fun and be safe!
Katie

swmpgrly said...

Beautiful entry!!!

coelha said...

Nice tribute Dawn.. Now where is that At Ease graphic?! LOL... It was cute I thought, but I guess the one you replaced it with was a little more appropriate.. :)

toonguykc said...

I am more and more disillusioned with this country and its direction lately.  Bush has made me wish Canada would take us over.  grrrrrrr

Russ

tenyearnap said...

My hope for today is just that no one will die in/from war...for the whole day. I doubt that can be done, but it is my little wish for the day. --Cin

erarein63 said...

Great tribute, Dawn!  De ;)

nay0114 said...

Beautiful entry.
Take care, Chrissie