What does the 4th of July mean to you? I hope that tomorrow amongst all the hotdogs, ice cream and laughter you will take a minute to truly ponder what the 4th of July really means.
Each year on the week of the 4th, my church has a special Sunday morning service where our congregation recognizes those men and women who have served our country. This past Sunday we played the theme song for each of the armed forces and ask those who served to stand when they heard their respective organization’s song played. It was quite the sight to see so many men and women rise from their pews. Many of the gentlemen who stood were elderly. Their pace to stand was slow, but after their feet were planted firmly and their hands had grasped the pew in front of them, they stood tall and proud. This ceremony is always quite emotional and believe me this year it was no different. This event always puts things in perspective for me and the true meaning of the 4th.
It’s because of these men and women that I don’t have to fear for my life just because I own a bible or proclaim to be a christian, can pursue my dream as a business owner, have the opportunity to enroll and achieve a higher education, travel as I wish, have the same equal opportunities as my neighbor and the list goes on and on.
So, tomorrow remember those who have served, are still serving and for those who are holding the fort down here at home while their loved one, family member or friends are continuing their duty for ALL the American people.
Happy 4th of July y’all and God Bless America.