Happy Birthday America

Saturday I visited the Willamette National Cemetery with my husband. When I stood alone by our country's flag, surrounded by hill upon hill of graves with veterans that have served to keep our country united and free, I thought how easy it is to not fully realize the cost we have paid to have such a great, powerful nation.

Today we gather to celebrate the birthday of our country.
Little, local parades on Main Street show small-town spirit while larger cities have extensive fireworks and festivals. Most of us will see our flag displayed somewhere today. I hope that will be a moment of nostalgia and pride.

Becoming so global and "open minded" through the media, whether through television or social networking on the computer, seems to have placed questions, or worse yet, complacency, in the minds of many citizens. You would think it would be the opposite. We have young soldiers fighting for us now in the middle east, yet even with all of today's instant electronics we don't hear much of this war or the men who are losing their lives to keep our country free from terror and destruction.

 We hear of illegal alien protests, gay pride and Gaga. We don't hear of Terry J. Lynch, Jason R. Watson or the thousands of other soldiers who have lost their lives recently for us.
Updated this 4th of July morning, there have been 2,553 casualties in Afghanistan of our US and coalition troops. There have been 4,786 casualties in Iraq.
Here is an excellent link that keeps updating how many soldiers have died in our current war in Afghanistan and Iraq. http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/index.html
If you click your mouse over a dot on the map, it tells of the soldier who died. Are their any from your town?

Fourth of July should be happy and celebrated; it is what our soldiers are fighting for.

I wish you all a fun, safe, patriotic 4th of July.

1 comment:

CJ said...

Yes, Happy Birthday America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. We are so blessed and I am so thankful to be an American. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us . . I'm glad you're free to share them and that I'm free to read them. It seems that we are becoming a very selfish and spoiled society. I'm thankful that there are still some who think of America before they think of themselves.

Thanks Nancy!