Thursday, August 2, 2012

True Independence

Ah! Independence Day!  
How many of us think of today as a day to get together with friends, blow off fireworks, and make fun memories? 
 But, is that really what today is about?  Where did we get the Freedom to blow off fireworks?

 Where did we get the Freedom to be our own Country, and go where we want, when we want? 

 It all started 236 years ago, with a small group of men pledging their "Lives, fortunes, and sacred Honor" 

 Does anyone have a clue what kind of sacrifice those men made, for the freedoms we have today? 

 Paul Harvey did a speech on "Our lives, fortunes, and sacred Honor", and he gives a run down of what happened to those men after they signed the Declaration. 

 Many of them died paupers.
 Many were killed.
 One even commanded they should fire upon his own house, because the British were in it.
 Many of them lost their families.

 Those men gave their all for this Country, and to gain us the freedoms we enjoy. 

 Why do we celebrate today as "The 4th of July" and "fireworks" when today is the day we gained our Independence.
 Today is the day those men put their lives on the line to make these United States great. 

 It's hard for me to celebrate today.

 I look around and see my country throwing away the freedoms those men fought and died for. 
 We're a country of ignorant, wasteful people who only seem to care about partying, and drunken revelries.

 What has become of this once great Nation? Why have we despised the sacrifice that was made for us? 
 Why, when those men didn't care for themselves. And fought and died, that we, their children, could have the freedoms they wanted? Why do we ignore their noble deeds, and waste the great gift they gave us, in partying, and drunkenness? 

 This was once a great Nation.

 Who of us would be willing to make the like sacrifices for it, and make it once more, the Greatest Nation on earth? 

 Who of us will pledge "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor"?  Who of us would be willing to fight and die for this country, and give our all for the land we all pretend to love? 
Why on earth do we stop at the first verse? The rest of them are amazing!

Star Spangled Banner
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,” 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Posted on Google+ July 4th 2012

 In the service of my Father

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