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I guess I’d better post this today, as that I’m on duty tomorrow, and hopefully the most stressing thing I’ll be doing

there is driving the Big Red Truck in the 4th of July parade.

 

Tomorrow is the United States of America’s Birthday, 229 years old if my math is correct.  I gotta say the ol girl

don’t look bad for her age. As a Country we are still infants, but look at all we’ve accomplished in such a short

period of time, why we have changed the very face of the earth, and hopefully have made it a better place to live in.

 

A handful of men are credited with forming this great nation, men of vision, men of dedication, men of power.

History has revealed some of these men to be heroes and some to be scoundrels, but it remains true still, that they

put allot of not just what they had, but who they were, on the line for what we casually call the USA.

 

These men were not alone in forming this great county, countless men on countless battlefields shed their blood, in

the name of freedom.  Many of us here have stood in that arena, shed our own blood and watched as brothers fell,

all in the name of an idea that started over 229 years ago. Others have stood as guards to those ideas, right here at

home, always questioning the motives and ethical reasons of what this country does.

 

Over time the country has changed, populations have  risen and fell and rose again. ideologies have changed and

new leaders were elected by the population, new heroes arose to face new challenges, but the tenants that were laid

down by those few, still remain the core of what this country is all about, freedom.

 

Now we all know we have made some mistakes along the way, but you gotta remember we’re still pretty young as

far as countries go, and while we don’t always agree with each other, most of us are willing to fight to protect our

right to disagree.  

 

I can’t help but think how proud these men would be looking at this country today, knowing that their idea of

freedom created not just a super power, but a family as diverse as the territory from New England to California,

that shares their vision.

 

So while your lighting your grills tomorrow, or watching the fireworks tomorrow night, take a moment to pause

and reflect on this idea of freedom that we have all come to love so much, those that helped form it, those that help

keep it,, and tip your glass and say, Happy Birthday America.

 

Oh and By the way, say Happy birthday Iron Indian Riders Association, 4 years old on the 4th of July. :Spanish:  :Spanish:  :Spanish:

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Happy 4th. Just remember, Dave. If ya run over too many people, they won't let ya drive the Big Red Truck any more.... :bhi:
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I guess I’d better post this today, as that I’m on duty tomorrow, and hopefully the most stressing thing I’ll be doing

there is driving the Big Red Truck in the 4th of July parade.tip your glass and say, Happy Birthday America.

 

Oh and By the way, say Happy birthday Iron Indian Riders Association, 4 years old on the 4th of July.

:Feet-Up[1]: DAVE.......

THANK-YOU...........for being there!!

as you know "WE" were here before the "iira"...... :charger:

as I was pushing for a protest @ Gilroy to disply "our" anger of the lack of quality,.......YOU,(and others) had the insight to form the IIRA......... :bvictory:

 

 

             :Beer-Chug[1]:    :outdoor:

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Happy Birthday to the IIRA. 4 years old and look all that you guys have accomplished! My hats tipped and my glass is raised...

Veni Vidi Vici!

 

And Lady Liberty standing proud at Ellis Island. Facing Europe with the incscription:

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door"

 

Happy Birthday America!

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So while your lighting your grills tomorrow, or watching the fireworks tomorrow night, take a moment to pause

and reflect on this idea of freedom that we have all come to love so much, those that helped form it, those that help

keep it,, and tip your glass and say, Happy Birthday America.

 

Oh and By the way, say Happy birthday Iron Indian Riders Association, 4 years old on the 4th of July. :Spanish:  :Spanish:  :Spanish:

fireman Dave,

I will always remember and honor this great day, and what it symbolizes! America is the greatest country in the world, and all because of a constitution that recognizes the individual, not the tyranny of the masses!

Thank you, founding fathers! :unclesam:

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