A remarkable day.

Posted July 4th, 2011 by Jim Ettwein

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Today is a day that Mrs. RR and I look forward to every year.  These past few years more than ever.  It’s our time for patriotic rejuvenation.  A time to remember what the United States is all about.  A time to remember what it cost us to get here.  But, most of all, a time to be thankful for living in the most amazing place on Earth.

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, “America”

We rejoice at America’s strength, her diversity of spirit, her genuine generosity, her ability to withstand sometimes insurmountable odds.  Through it all, Americans continue to enjoy living in the freest society, the most economically stimulating country. 

It is sweet to serve one’s country by deeds, and it is not absurd to serve her by words.  ~Sallust

Today we’re going to Boston to hear some speeches at City Hall.  We’ll see some Minute Men mustering and firing muskets between the tall buildings, echoing the splendor of the day throughout the street surrounding the Common.  We’ll listen to prayers said at the graves of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, along with another salute from the Minute Men’s muskets.  Then on to the Old State House to hear the Declaration of Independence read to us, just as it was back then.  Finally, to Faneuil Hall’s grand auditorium to hear some excellent brass band music and a patriotic sing-along.  Followed by what is always an excellent speaker.

My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  ~Thomas Jefferson

It’s a day to rejoice.  A day to be proud.  A day for Patriots of all colors to take some time to remember all that made America great.  rr

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.  ~Louis D. Brandeis

2 Responses to “A remarkable day.”

  1. Tom Gilroy

    As I drove along the parade route today with the top down and the flag bunting flowing on the trunk, the radio was blarring Lee Grenwood’s “This is My Country”, the crowds were cheering and patriotic tears ran dowm my cheeks. The really young Repulicans in the back seat sat up on the boot waving their flag so proudly and the crowd cheered in return. This is what America’s 235th bithday is all about and we are so fortunate to live in the land of the free and home of the brave. Happy Birthday America and thank you to the brave 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

  2. Flick

    EVEN Fox News this morning could not refer to yesterday as
    ‘Independence Day!’ Are they afraid of movie title rights infringement?

    Shame on you!

    I know Mr. & Mrs. rr had a wonderful time in Boston celebrating the birth of our Nation!

    Let’s hope we can experience a RE-BIRTH in 2012!