Many of us enjoyed the 4th of July holiday by spending it with family and friends. We were entertained with parades, feasted at barbeques and watched the fireworks in awe.
This is a day specifically set aside for all Americans to celebrate our freedom. Although, when we think about it, freedom really isn’t free. It has come at a cost where far too many have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our freedom has not come cheap. It has been bought and paid for with the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors.
I would like to acknowledge all those who serve our country – then and now. I am so very proud to say that several members of my family have served honorably, including my grandfather and uncles. My wife’s brother is serving now.
Have you ever given thought to just what their sacrifices have given us? Following are just a few of the freedoms we enjoy today:
No one tells us how many children we can have. No one tells us if our child is a boy he can live, but if she is a girl she must die.
We are allowed to own our own home. We are given the opportunity to work and become whatever we choose; be it teacher, fireman, politician, landscaper, miner, or model - whatever we choose.
We can worship the God of our choice and in the church of our liking. We are free to raise our children in the way that we wish them to be brought up. We receive compensation for our labors and we are free to spend it in the way we choose. We are free to invest and free to save for our retirement.
We need to pay tribute to those who paid for our freedom with their lives, not just on July 4th, but every time we see a serviceman. Wherever I go, it seems I see someone wearing a khaki uniform. Next time you see a serviceman, go up and thank them for what they are doing. If you see them at a gas station or an airport, offer to buy them a drink – see where they are going – it’s not hard to strike up a conversation.
Do it and you will make their day. You will also make your day a little bit better. It’s a win-win situation. They just might say thanks and walk off – but they will walk away with a smile, with the affirmed knowledge that what they are willing to sacrifice is appreciated; that what they are giving up, all that they are leaving behind – family, jobs – is worth the freedom we enjoy.
Make each day one of gratitude and appreciation for all that we are blessed with in our United States of America. Let’s be grateful for all the liberties we have and show our peers in the military how truly thankful we are for their willingness to defend our freedom from any and all transgressors all over the world.