Thursday, July 4, 2013

home is where the heart is

Independence Day, The Fourth of July, America's Birthday... no matter what you call it, it all means the same.  Freedom.  And, of course, my favorite holiday.

In this day and age, I don't think there are many people out there who forget why we celebrate today.  But, it's still a pretty big deal.  And there are amazing men and women fighting every day so we can keep celebrating it.  My husband is one of them.

I find it ironic that because he fights for America and her freedom, we aren't in America today to party with her.  His duty has carried us overseas, and we had to celebrate the FOJ all by ourselves.  In true American style, we dined at McDonald's (or Macca's as the natives here would say).

No matter where we are, or who we're with, or what we're doing, this day will always be my favorite day of the year, and we will always have America in our hearts.

And, now I'll close with one of my favorite patriotic quotes, it's an oldie, but a goodie:

"From Berlin, Rome, and Tokyo we have been described as a Nation of weaklings - playboys - who would hire British soldiers, or Russian soldiers, or Chinese soldiers to do our fighting for us.

Let them repeat that now!

Let them tell that to General MacArthur and his men.

Let them tell that to the sailors who today are hitting hard in the far waters of the Pacific.

Let them tell that to the boys in the Flying Fortresses.


- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942
Afghanistan, 2011

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