Happy Independence Day!

So, I thought about doing a politically based post today. Mostly because of some stuff the pastor said in church yesterday that got me thinking. But you know what? My church also played a video at the beginning of the service and a couple of the sentences stuck out to me. “For this one day, let us set our differences aside and remember what others have sacrificed so that we can be free.”Well – that isn’t an exact quote – but it is the general idea. So I will hold off on the political post for now and just say – thank you to everyone who has sacrificed to give us our freedom. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to vote, freedom to own our own land and businesses. Things we take for granted every single day.

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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.”
–Ronald Reagan

“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” —Lyndon B. Johnson

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – – Louis D. Brandeis

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how…. There is no “Republican,” no “Democrat,” on the Fourth of July, — all are Americans.” – –James Gillespie Blaine

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” – – Thomas Jefferson

“America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” – – George W. Bush

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
–Benjamin Franklin

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