Happy U.S. Independence Day

Happy July 4th — the day celebrated as the day the original 13 American colonies gained independence from England and began to chart their own path. As odd as it may seem, a large percentage of Americans have no idea how, when, why and from whom the U.S. gained independence. Just about as odd is the way most folks here seem to celebrate it –while banks and government offices are closed, just about every store is open and many have ‘come in for specials’ sales.

We’ve rolled out the flag and are observing it just as we do the lead up and celebration for our independence day: Tomorrow will be a solemn day of reflection focused on the sacrifices made by American men and women in uniform who fought for freedom, justice, and right from the founding of the country right up to the present day and including those who died in terror attacks (sadly, adding the 3 university students killed just yesterday). On Monday, we’ll do a veggie barbecue and watch the fireworks.

 

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