As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day in the United States, I find myself humbled by the sacrifice of those who have fought and died defending our flag.
I am also humbled by those who have fought and maybe returned with horrible injuries—physical and psychological—while defending what the red, white, and blue represents.
Today, I have the sense that many in our nation assume freedom is our right. And that it comes without responsibility or without understanding what this freedom cost . . .
The blood of men and women who fought and died in battle.
On our behalf.
From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to the World Wars, all the wars in between and in all the wars since, men and women have died.
So we could live in freedom.
We have freedom to practice religion.
Freedom to bear arms.
We have freedoms to make choices many in our world only dream of being able to make.
Our children, for the most part, have the freedom to gain a good education. To eventually find a job and make a decent living.
We have the freedom to agree or disagree with the leaders who make decisions on behalf of our country. Of us.
And we have the freedom to vote for them.
All because of what our flag represents: the sacrifice of those who have died defending our liberty.
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding our flag. And the amazing thing is? We have the freedom to disagree with what this symbol represents.
But, my hope is that, as Americans celebrate Independence Day, they will reflect on the reality that others have shed their blood so that we can live in peace and freedom.
What about you? What does Independence Day mean to you? How do you honor the day?
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