Tomorrow is the 4th of July. But it is more than that. It is America’s Birthday. It is Independence Day. Tomorrow is a day of hotdogs, hamburgers, cookouts, and fireworks displays. But it is more than that. It is a day of reflection. A day to celebrate the greatness of our country that still prevails. It is a day to give gratitude to the brave men and women (past, present, and future) who have sacrificed so much in order to keep secure all the freedoms we sometimes, seemingly …. take for granted. It is a day to honor this proud land, so rich in history, and to honor all … those in the Armed Services … our First Responders … and every individual who strives to make America as strong as it is now …. and … to make it as strong as it once was. It is a time to take a moment to reflect on the 19 firefighters in Arizona who lost their lives, trying to keep others safe. A time to think how the families of these brave firefighters will spend their 4th of July, this year. A time to look around you during your celebrations with loved ones, and give gratitude for the opportunity to say “I love you” yet one more time.
I can’t tell you what and who to be, or what you should believe in, or even how proud you should be of this country called America. But can tell you that I am an American, who believes in God and is very proud of this country called America…. Debbie Barth.