Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day Weekend

Cue the fireworks. 

Rev up the engines for incredible traffic in the interstates.

Bring on the celebrations.

Independence Day is upon us and the weekend is already alive with activity although it is only Thursday!

Tomorrow is Independence Day Observed--for those who don't normally work on Saturday, and so a three-day weekend is in store that will begin a day early this evening as people stream away from the cities and into the countryside to relax and enjoy the summer.

With all of the chaos of the weekend, take a few minutes to remember the reason for the celebration. We live in the best country in the world, bar none! We enjoy freedoms that others only dream of and many are jealous of and would like to find ways to deprive us of. 

That written, we must be careful not one become extreme or small-minded. Just because we don't agree with something, does not automatically make it wrong, it is just different.

We are a diverse land with many cultures incorporated into the fabric of our society. That makes us stronger when we acknowledge it and weaker when we refuse to employ it.

Our responsibility is to remember that freedom comes with a price tag and we must protect and defend it so that future generations my experience its benefits.

The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.  ~Thomas Jefferson

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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