Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day 2013

This year's theme:
America is an idea.
This piece of parchment encapsulates that idea/those ideas.
 It has become fashionable nowadays to eschew the Founding Fathers and their ideas. I have no such compunction. Their ideas have withstood the test of time. Would that this current generation realized it.
Arising from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a rewriting and perfecting of the Articles of Confederation, provides the philosophical and practical basis for the formation of "a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."  
An image often missing from Independence Day celebrations.
USS Albany  (CG-10), a symbol of our military, a guarantor of our freedoms, and my shipboard home for three years. 
 Parades, one would hope, remind us of our shared heritage and what it means to be an American.
 Fireworks bring fond memories and remind us of that Star-Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry, in a war to safeguard our independence.
 Our flag is a symbol of the ideas that make us who we are. We must never forget. 
Our eldest daughter put together this 15-second tribute to our nation. She loves the land of her birth—Spain, her homes for many years—Italy, Canada, and Japan, and her current home—Australia, but she understands that "America is portable, We carry it around in our hearts and minds," and "We don't live in America. America lives in us," or to paraphrase a friend—to be an American is "to believe as an American."

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