A friend of mine (I wish I would have thought of it myself) posted today about going back to our roots and remembering what made this day so special, so he posted a copy of the Declaration of Independence on his Facebook page. A good idea, and some food for thought in these crazy days. So perhaps before we kick off all the events of the day, maybe we sit back, think, and honor our forefathers.
Today I thought I’d talk about what we do. So many options. So many have boats and will be on the lakes and rivers, others are camping and fishing, still others are taking in a concert and scoping out that perfect spot to watch the rockets red glare.
In the morning, perhaps watching that monstrosity of gluttony – the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating challenge. Most of us will be getting behind the grill and making one hell of a feast – and that’s always good. For us, it’ll be standard fare, chicken, dogs, burgers, hot links, potato & macaroni salad, and apple pie w/ice cream. Before that, it’s a dip in the pool and when dusk hits around 9 PM, lighting off a few “safe and sanes.”
But I would be remiss if I didn’t thank so many people who are doing their part so that we can all enjoy our holiday. People such as:
- Currently serving veterans. You my brothers and sisters are on the “tip of the spear” defending us, and I for one and so many others thank you.
- Past veterans. Many will be out today participating in parades or doing things with their parent veteran services organization – so if you see the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warriors, or some of the others out there, stop and give them thanks, and if you’re feeling especially generous – a donation. They are fighting the good fight to take care of our brother and sister vets – stepping in where the VA can’t.
- Police. Working this day to keep the peace and to ensure we remain safe. Thank you guys. Not only them but their partners in search and rescue who are out there handling any emergency.
- Firefighters, EMT’s, and ER staff. You guys are everywhere ensuring everybody remains healthy to the best of your ability. Be it fighting fires or medical emergencies you are the first responders and we thank you.
- Lastly the working retail stiff. Yeah, that poor guy or gal working the shift at the market or wherever in retail getting paid peanuts to put up with that overstressed boss and unrealistic corporate requirement, trying to pull it all off while there are so many bad customers acting ignorant. Do me a favor, don’t give these folks any crap, just get what you need, be nice, and be on your way – they would really appreciate it.
I’m sure I missed somebody, but if I did, I honor you.
Music. As today should be about, we all were born free. Let’s celebrate that. Let’s all for once come together and celebrate that. As Kid Rock says – “You can knock me down and watch me bleed, but you can’t keep no chains on me.”
Before I go, let me drop one more video on you. Part of my bucket list is going to Boston and one day catching the Pops.
Hey folks, whatever you decide to do today is great – but enjoy the day and take a minute to reflect on what got us here. Peace and love to you all.
As Maury says, until next time America…