This 4th of July

Happy Independence Day!  Today is the day that the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA celebrates it’s birth as a country. Lately our country has been completely swallowed up in divisive diatribes.  Today I want to celebrated the UNITED part.   From the beginning Americans were determined to be their own people.  We gained our freedom through rebellions and war to find that now we had to form our own set of governing entities.  Freedom was key, eliminating oppression and ways to keep ourselves in check if someone decided too far.  Now 239 years later our country has grown from 13 to 50 states, spanning most of the continent.  Our journey, sadly, does have a history of oppression from Native Americans to Africans to Japanese, and may other ethnicities as well as religious groups.  We are not perfect.  I think every American can admit that.

As the United States we have so many things to be proud of here in 2015, despite our shortcomings.  We have many rights and freedoms denied in other parts of the world.  We have a right to vote for who can make the choices in our cities, states and country.  We are a country that tries to help other countries who are starving and beaten down.  We have the right to free and public education so our citizens can grow up with foundational skills that help them innovate and further build this country.  It feeds into our Universities, many of which are the top in the world.  We are also one of the richest countries in the world. We have easy access to health care, running water and food.  Lastly and definitely not least, our military that has fought to keep threats away from our homeland so that we may live freely.

There are so many people working hard and making important impacts for our country and our world that it would take a very long time to list them all.  i hope this has made you think of why YOU are PROUD to be an AMERICAN.  Today celebrate with your fellow countrymen no matter, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation and just be proud to live here in this free and diverse country.  Let the Red, White and Blue fly and the Eagle soar!