I tell my daughter, “Do something that makes you happy, be true to yourself and proud of who you are.” Are these not the same things our forefathers wanted for us when they drafted the Declaration of Independence? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..."
As the 4th of July approaches take a few moments out of your celebration to silently thank the patriots who risked so much. Thank the men and women who have and continue to protect our country and your freedom.
For me the meaning was never clearer than at my father’s funeral eight years ago, when two Army officers removed the flag from his casket and carefully, silently folded that flag thirteen times. The sound of “Taps” filled the air while one of the officers then slowly saluted and carefully handed the flag to my mother, thanking her on behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation for my father’s service in World War II. He and his crew were true heroes, shot down twice they evaded capture behind enemy lines. They were barely more than boys, but they protected our country and our freedom.
In that moment, I saw the Declaration of Independence all over again.
A nation worth fighting for; a nation worth dying for; a nation worth living for.