On July 4th we in the U.S.A celebrate the independence of our country. Although, this is unique to America, the themes of “the fourth,” are universal. Sacrifice and principles are two themes that standout and represent the meaning of this holiday to me. These are two ideals that I feel represent this country. It was the sacrifice of many men and women during the revolutionary war that helped to form this country. These were men, black and white, like James Armistead. Woman, young and old like 16 year old, Sybil Ludington and Molly Ludwig.They sacrificed their livelihood, status and in many cases their life to insure the freedoms of all. This sense of sacrifice continues today by those serving in the armed forces and with law enforcement here at home. They preserve out right to these freedoms and maintain democratic order.
The second factor that, to me, built this country is Principles. These same democratic pioneers were defined by deep principles of fairness, independence and freedom. It’s thru these principles that today we can pursue our own happiness, help our neighbors and live our lives based on our belief system. Not one dictated by others. In our day to day activities we tend to take for granted the amazing breath of our freedoms. We get caught up in what we don’t have and forget to appreciate all we do have.
Those of us in America are lucky enough to live in a place where even if you are uncomfortable with it, a man can become a woman. Even if you disagree with it, people of different colors or the same sex can marry. Even if you don’t believe it, those around you can worship as they see fit without hindrance. You have the right to agree or disagree with others and to express your feeling.This is not a luxury afforded to everyone around the world. These things do not exist in other places. These rights, beliefs and principals are what formed America and these freedoms are what we celebrate. We must not overlook them or take them for granted.