Happy 235th birthday, America!
Today we Americans celebrate Independence Day, the day the Continental Congress ratified the document called the Declaration of Independence, the document that helped us to become our own nation, independent from Great Britain. It’s definitely a day worth celebrating, but we should also remember all the Americans over the centuries that have fought for our freedom to be our own nation & fought to protect us & others. Brave men & women have put their lives on the line for us civilians during many wars, on our soil and overseas, and especially on days when we celebrate our freedom we should remember them. Land of the free, home of the brave.
I love my country. I may not always agree with my government, I may not always be happy with how “we” do things, I don’t think we’re perfect (far from it- especially between what us ‘white folk’ did to the Native Americans & slavery, not to mention other things), but we try hard. We mean well, most of us do, anyway, most of the time. Sure we make mistakes, but we’re a relatively young (and admittedly cocky) nation. But despite or maybe even because of all that, I will always & forever love this country I call home very, very deeply. I’m proud to be a 5th generation American on most sides (3rd on the others). Thank you to my ancestors for taking those long, probably terrifying boat rides here, around 150+ years ago, through sickness & heat & freezing cold, to take a chance on a new life. Thank you for, in turn, making me an American. Thank you for fighting the wars of your new country, becoming police & firemen in your new country, & contributing to the success of your new country.
I love that America is made of immigrants & misfits. A country founded on the principle that you are free to be yourself. A country based on the principle that no monarchy should control the people, but there should be a democracy that the people themselves control. A country built from the ground up by all of those “illegal” immigrants who were looking for a better life & streets paved with gold. I am so grateful have the freedom of speech that I have here, and the freedom to be who I am & wear what I want, the freedom to practice or not practice whatever religion I please, vote for who I want to represent me, to protest & picket & say “NO!” or to say “YES!” & not answer to anyone for it. So another thank you to all of you veterans & deceased veterans who’ve paved the way, from 1775 – today.
“Oh beautiful, for heroes proved, in liberating strife,
Who more than self, our country loved, and of mercy more than life,
America, America, may God thy gold refine,
Till all success, in nobleness, and every gain divine. “
(Thanks to freeyourmind775 for the beautiful video)