This is a reprint of the original article published by Steve Anderson on LinkedIn
. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
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.”
This week in the United States we have a uniquely American holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from Great Britain.
What I celebrate on this July 4th is the freedom I, and my family, enjoy today due to the sacrifice of so many men and women who came before us.
- The men and women who fought hard during the Revolutionary War to bring the reality of the Declaration of Independence to life.
- 150 years ago this same week, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where courageous men and women on both sides fought hard for their freedom.
- My wife’s Uncle Russy was held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II helping to preserve our freedom.
- My father was a carrier-based Navy fighter pilot in the South Pacific at the end of World War II doing his part.
- My brother-in-law Peter Borsay was killed in May 1969 in Vietnam and is located at panel 23W, Row 25 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
And the list does go on.
It is easy to take for granted the hard work and sacrifice of so many who came before me. Even if you don’t live in the US, I hope you will pause sometime on this week to remember the sacrifice so many made in the past that makes the freedom we all experience every day possible.
- I enjoy the freedom to pursue my passions.
- I have enjoyed the freedom of watching my two little girls grow into amazing women and finding wonderful husbands.
- I am beginning to understand the joy of our first grandchild.
- I am enjoying the freedom of growing old with my wonderful wife of 38 years.
My own hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, celebrates Independence Day with Franklin on the 4th in the downtown square. Several blocks of Main Street will be closed so families can enjoy the music, arts, food, crafts, and of course a children’s parade (pets welcome!). Fireworks follow after dark.
Karen and I will walk downtown to enjoy the music, have some food, and watch families having fun together.
But maybe Erma Bombeck sums it up best that we celebrate our independence “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.”
Happy 4th of July!