July 4, American Independence Day. This is one of my favorite holidays, following Christmas and Easter. I love this day, not because I love BBQs or picnics or parades or fireworks spectaculars, even though I do, but because it celebrates the country that I love.
I have always loved my country, the United States of America. I was raised to love my country. My parents, uncles, and grandparents were members of veterans organizations, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. My dad served in the Army in WWII during which time he fought in 3 major battles in Germany. My uncles all served in WWII and the Korean War. My maternal grandfather served in the Army in WWI. Military service has always been respected and honored by my family. We have always been proud to fly our American Flag.
Even though we struggle with many problems, we still are a strong people. We will not let any other countries take us for granted or abuse us. We are always there to help others if the situation arises. We are "the land of the free and the home of the brave." After 9/11 and the terrorist attacks on our country, our beliefs, a new strength and pride in our country was fostered in the younger generations.
Today, I also feel a new sense of pride in this great country. This pride comes from the knowledge that my son, my one and only son, my baby, has decided that he will join our country's armed forces this time next year after he graduates from high school. The idea gives me both great pride and scares me to death. I'm sure I don't need to explain this to any parent that might be reading this.
Brandon has been considering this step for quite some time now so I have had a little while to get use to the thought. It still scares me to think that he will most probably be placed in harms way at some time during his service to our country but then again, I think that our lives in general place us all in harms ways each day. Driving down the road or flying in an airplane or even going to your school or place of work can bring you into contact with some nutcase bent on harming you, maybe even killing you. At least I know that he will be trained in and equipped with the means to defend himself when confronted with those individuals bent on doing harm. That is more than most of us can say.
So as I ponder today the enormous sacrifices that many have made for the betterment of this great nation, I lift up my prays to God for the safety of our troops and our country as a whole. I asked for prayers for our country's leaders, and all the decisions that they make. And I thank God for the great blessing that He has given me by allowing me to live in this country which definitely is "the land of the free and the home of the brave."
I will leave you with this video from David Archuleta's July 2, 2011 Stadium of Fire performance in Provo, Utah. It just became my absolute favorite. Thank you David for loving our country so much. video credit to 8throwcenter