On the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, this video is a 4th of July greeting from the United States military.
The statement, “Freedom isn’t free,” could not be stated more clearly than here in this video. Most people may not know or remember that the American Revolution began a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It started with the brief battles at Lexington, Massachusetts, and a short time later at the Old North Bridge in Concord, just a few short miles away from Lexington. It is there at Concord that “the shot heard round the world” was fired to begin the battle for our freedom.
Over those 243 years of independence, our military has had to be called on to defend and to promote that freedom on many occasions. Indeed, we still have troops in harm’s way today, who are keeping the terrorist wolves busy in their own homelands, rather than here at home.
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As Americans we have much to be thankful for in terms of our freedoms. We are not a perfect nation, nothing human is or ever will be perfect. But because we have the freedoms that are guaranteed in our Constitution, we are able to confront our failings and to grow from them.
Those freedoms, and the responsibilities that belong to them, still exist these 243 years later precisely because our military has always answered the call to defend them.
On this 4th of July, let us remember the sacrifices that those who have worn the uniforms of our United States military have willingly and effectively made for us and our freedoms since the beginning. Enjoy the holiday, but remember that those colorful fireworks that we all enjoy in the dark skies over our cities, towns, and villages, are only an echo of the real fireworks that our military men and women have faced over the centuries to keep our country safe and free.
The Veterans Site wishes all of its partners a happy, free and enjoyable 4th of July. Let us all remember and honor the last words of our national anthem. Let us keep this country, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.