Freedom in America
Freedom in America
by Christine Davis, Director of Marketing
Read along through this heartfelt short story of freedom in America. The stars and stripes of freedom, a symbol known all over the world. Understand and appreciate why the promise of freedom has attracted millions of people from all nations to come to America. Why generations of men, women, and children have lived for, sacrificed for, and died for that freedom in America. It is a story that is still unfolding today. It is our story ─ it is your story!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela
This month specifically we pay tribute to the many freedoms we all share; speech, religion, press, privacy, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In addition, we all have our own ideas as to what freedom signifies for individuals or for our society as a whole. Each of us could and would add our own lists and descriptive items on how we interrupt and enjoy our freedoms. Our ancestors prized these political freedoms so much that many of them were willing to die defending them. And though many of us are often accused today of taking them for granted, we continue to see people standing up to fight for them when they’re threatened in America, and when other countries freedoms are threatened, too. These are among America’s finest and brave citizens. Fighting for Freedom!
Our freedom can be easily taken away and we are on the threshold of that being a reality, if we don’t stop the loss of liberty. Much like many Americans, that express concern about our nation’s future, when they see runaway debt, spending and an ever-expanding government, the threats of terrorism, and we wonder what those trends mean for the next generation. The next generation will not experience or have freedom in the way the founding fathers wanted us to have freedom. We must continue to open our hearts, use our heads and our hands to current issues, while holding on to the beliefs of our founding fathers. To be able to do whatever we want as long as it doesn’t hurt others in that process or trying to do the same thing. God truly blessed those that wrote our United States Constitution with the talents and forward thinking to ensure you and I have these liberties today – 238 years later. These forefathers, our fathers, our mothers, and our veteran patriots look at the young men and women serving on behalf of our nation today, and they’re gratefully touched by their sense of commitment to the cause of freedom and our nation’s cherished values.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” President Ronald Reagan
In the lead-up to Independence Day on Friday, July 4 −this year in particular as you and your family celebrate this day with traditional food, festivities, friends, family and fireworks. I ask you to take a special time out of your day and humbly honor the 150th anniversary of the Arlington National Cemetery. Commemorating the milestones of this historical shrine for American military service men and women that have served and lost their lives during both − wartime − and peace. America’s heroes from every American conflict buried in this sacred place. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is an icon of remembrance for us all. The Tomb is guarded − and has been guarded − every minute of every day since 1937.
“Freedom is not merely a word or an abstract theory, but the most effective instrument for advancing the welfare of man.” President John F. Kennedy
We HONOR the tradition.
We REMEMBER the sacrifice.
We PRAY for peace.
“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God”