FiremanDave Posted July 3, 2005 Share Posted July 3, 2005 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: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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