Fireworks, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.

The fourth of July is a great time of year that brings out the kid in me.  Our family goes to the beach every year and spends time together enjoying the simple things that the USA has to offer.

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The Fourth of July or Independence Day is the celebration of America's independence from foreign rule.  July 4, 1776 (the actual vote to approve a resolution of independence was on July 2, 1776) the people of the thirteen colonies declared to the world that they were going to be an independent nation.  After the declaration came the revolutionary war against British rule (think of the movie The Patriot, the war was difficult and tore families apart).

Then as now, our country was made up of men and women from various nations who migrated to the new world.  They came for opportunity, freedom and new beginnings.  Today, we are still a nation made up of people from many cultures.  This "melting pot" culture is one of the things that makes America a great nation.  We are free, we have opportunity and we have an obligation to make our future great.  This requires us to work out issues that confront us today.  We need to work together, like our forbears did in 1776.  We must look to their wisdom, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and know that liberty and freedom require sacrifice and unity.

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This year, when you celebrate the Fourth, remember where we came from and think of what you can do to make the USA great in years to come.  " Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country "!

Happy 4th to you and yours!


Tony Adkins