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Every year each of our respective countries, at one time or another, celebrates its freedom.  We all have a day set aside to remember those who sacrificed to provide us with the freedom to do pretty much anything we want to. We have free speech and the freedom to worship as we please.  We are free to travel and even disagree with our governments. We can vote.  So much we take for granted.

I had a great, great grandfather who served in the Civil War and my husband’s grandfather served in World War I. My father served in the Korean War and my son-in-law has only been out of the US Navy for about 18 months now. He wasn’t even a US citizen when he chose to serve, even though he is now.  Each of these men sacrificed something.  Time with family and those they love to provide me with freedom.  Time spent in dangerous situations to provide me freedom. I pray we never forget anyone who has sacrificed anything to provide us these freedoms.  So when your country celebrates its freedom, remember those who gifted that to you. Remember those who at this time are still away from those they love to continue to provide us freedom. Enjoy your cookouts, your dinner out, your day at the beach, the park etc…Hug your loved ones.

Then I challenge you that when you see someone in the military/police work/firefighters I encourage you to thank them or treat them to a meal should you see them in a restaurant. Appreciate them and give thanks daily for all they do and all they sacrifice to let us do!

Happy July!


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3 Responses to Blog: Celebrate Freedom

  1. Penny says:

    Hear, hear! Well said!

  2. Mary says:

    This year my husband and I were out of the country for the first time in our lives on July 4th. It was strange because we are the ones who usually have all the family over for a cookout. The cruise ship we were on did celebrate the 4th with streamers, cake and red/white/blue champagne! It was also very interesting how many people from other countries celebrated right along side us! We also go to celebrate Canada Day on the ship. What fun!

  3. Linda DeLaughter says:

    A beautiful page with wonderful remembrances of what is truly important in life! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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