"Independence Day - A Time of Reflection"
Independence Day, which we celebrate on July 4th,
is more than a holiday or a day off from work;
it is a day of reflection.
On days of patriotic celebration like July 4th, three symbols of our nation will abound - Old Glory, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Star Spangled Banner. I invite you to reflect on those three symbols as a way to celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy as the result of the many sacrifices leading up to the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The Grand Old Flag proudly bears the colors red, white and blue. How fitting that our nation's anthem, penned in 1812, recognizes that it was the red blood of sacrifice that won and preserved the white of freedom and blue of justice. That is as true today as it was in 1812. Some of our brightest and best women and men still volunteer to put themselves in harm's way around the globe for "liberty and justice for all."
One of my all time favorite comedians, Red Skelton, tells a story of how one of his teachers explained the meaning of our flag. Click on the film clip here and I think you will agree with me that he ably captures the spirit of being an American and receiving the blessings of our Independence.
I hope you and your family enjoy a fun and safe holiday.