Crazy times we are living in, my friends… I thought I would reflect back on some words and meanings that I was taught when I was a youngster….maybe you were, too.


FREEDOM:  the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint:


What does Fourth of July symbolize in US?

  • Also called Independence Day, the Fourth (4th) of July is a public holiday in the United States of America that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared the original colonies to be free from British rule.


  • “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” -George Bernard Shaw
  • “America’s a family. We all yell at each other, and it all works out.” -Louis C.K.
  • “My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.” -Yakov Smirnoff


I’m not certain that children (or adults for that matter) even think about what this day is for, other than a backyard cookout and going to the beach.  Yes, those are important activities in our lives but let us not forget why we enjoy those “FREEDOMS”. 




  • “America is a tune.  It must be sung together.” – Gerald Stanley Lee
  • “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”  – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.” – Val Saintsburt
  • “America means opportunity, freedom, power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” – Lech Walesa
  • “Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce


Fourth of July for us was, first and foremost, attending the ceremony at our local Town Hall.  With singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful”, flag waving, the Pledge of Allegiance and a parade.  Does anyone even do that anymore?  I can only hope and pray that our country will be healed and come together for United We Stand, Divided We Fall.