Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 4: Independence Day

Independence Day
by ABE

In the year of 1776
That paper was decreed -
They were tired of oppression
And wanted to be freed
They wrote a Declaration
So the whole world would see -
This was, "the home of the brave
And the land of the free"
They signed that piece of parchment
The leaders of this land -
Knowing, divided they would fall
But, together they could stand
A new world lay before them
Untamed from shore to shore -
They swore the would protect it
If it meant going to war
Battles have been fought -
And many lives have been lost -
So sad something so basic
Has such a high, high cost
'Seems freedom is a luxury
There's some would bind us all -
Like then, together, we can stand
But divided, we will fall

More than two hundred years
Have past by since that day
That each of us celebrate
In our own different way
We should be proud and thankful
Pay our share of the cost -
Not take freedom for granted
For it easily could be lost

Happy Birthday America! I love celebrating this holiday. I am proud to be an American, I love my country. It's been several years since I've been home to celebrate with my family. I've been to the NEA conventions in Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. All are great places to be for the 4th, last year I watched the fireworks in DC from a boat on the Potomac (very cool!), but I've missed the family barbeque and fireworks. It was nice to spend time with the fam today.

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