Fourth of July Gratitude


Fourth of July Gratitude by Debra H. Goldstein

When I think about the Fourth of July, I think about watermelon, fireworks, ribs, and family fun, but I also realize it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The signing of that short document on July 4, 1776 declared our independence from Great Britain. The bravery of the group of men who affixed their names to that piece of writing is why I am able to live in the manner that I do.

This past weekend, I celebrated by doing things in whatever manner I chose. During the year, I read, write, and say whatever I want because I live in a country whose citizens were willing to stand up and be counted for their freedom and independence. Although I value those who historically brought freedom to our country in the 1700’s, I appreciate each generation of young men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services to protect the nation which I hold dear.

Politically, in America, we have never fought so much over slogans or been so polarized by party lines. Gridlock has become a threat of our own making to the independence we prize. We must find a way to communicate and make decisions that preserve our independence. In the meantime, during this Fourth of July, at least the one thing we can all hold constant is that despite differently articulated philosophies, we are united in our gratitude for those who defend us and keep us free.

  1. nancy berland
    July 8, 2014 at 7:06 am

    We were watching the fireworks in Chicago. All around us, the people were speaking different languages. But when the fireworks ended with a huge display, one of the foreign speakers yelled in English: “USA, USA, way to go. That’s the way we do it here!” Isn’t it great that we live where the “we” can be so inclusive?

    • July 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, it is great that “we” can be so inclusive. If only the world could understand the concept and we could put it into effect in everything.

  2. July 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Here! Here!

  3. Rhonda Weinberg
    July 7, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Great article as always !!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • July 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thank you. Means a lot coming from you — knowing your father was one who qualified for the Honor Flight.

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