Happy 4th of July America !!!
On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” so they can begin their American Dream.
The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet & Facebook we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.
Millions of proud people since then have sacrificed their lives protecting these rights which we all take for granted. We forget freedom isn’t free someone has to pay for it and over the years the men & women of the armed forces have been there without question. Their selfless acts to make sure America stands proud and stays free go forgotten by millions of us everyday.
Think about this, what if America never did declare our independence & democracy was never born, what kind of country or world would this be. Would you be free to speak you mind, practice your own religion, or be able to enjoy any of the freedoms we all have. What kind of country or world do you think that would be ? I am sure not one you would want to be living in.
So this 4th of July I ask all Americans to take a moment to reflect on what they have and take a moment to say a prayer any way you feel is right for all who have sacrificed so much for this country and our freedoms. I also ask you all if you have parades honoring the troops in your hometown to take an hour or two to stop what you are doing to go and show your support for them as they are the ones who have paid the ultimate price for all the freedoms we all love and enjoy. It is the least we can do as we can never repay them for the sacrifices they have made throughout the years making sure America remains the Land of the Free & Home of the Brave.
Now I leave you with this true story of a little girl who’s father was killed in action. And remember we are Americans, We are a proud nation and we will never fall as long as we all stay united as one nation.
God Bless America & God Bless Our Troops.
We are proud of the job you do and we salute you.
Happy 4th of July America.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, a man who wasn’t there.
“Where’s her daddy at?” She heard a boy call out. “She probably doesn’t have one,” another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, “Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique.
“My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I’m not standing here alone.
“Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he’ll forever be in my heart”
With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, doing what was a right.
And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd. She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star. And if he could, he’d be here, but heaven’s just too far.
You see he is an United States Marine and died just this past year When a roadside bomb hit his convoy and taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away.” And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day.
And to her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side.
“I know you’re with me Daddy,” to the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.