Saturday, July 4, 2009

So what's up with this?


I sometimes wonder where we went astray. When did we stop celebrating holidays for their original intent and start celebrating them for something totally different.

Today is not about picnics and parades. It is not about fireworks and backyard Barbecues. It is not about sitting in traffic for hours on end trying to get from one place to another. It is not about all of the things that this holiday has become. It is about what it used to be.

I am not against all of the things that people do on this day but I am against the fact that they do not know why the day even exists. The purpose of the day. The reason for the day. The why of what we do on this day.

Today is about freedom. Today is about revolution. Today is about self determination. Today is about the birth of the greatest nation in history. Today is about flying the American Flag. Today is remembering the personal sacrifice that millions of people have made just to keep this day as a representation of our freedoms.

I know that I am not going to change the world or even change minds. What I would like to do is have everyone who reads this to take a few seconds and remember why we celebrate the Fourth of July. Then go ahead and eat too much or drink too much or do whatever it is that you do to celebrate.

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