The Cost of Freedom

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the red, white, and blue everywhere.  I love the fireworks, the parades, and the festivities.  They remind me of why this country is great.  They remind me of why we're free. 
But those fireworks bursting in the air, they also remind me that since the beginning of this amazing country there have been a lot of bombs and bullets bursting in air to ensure that freedom.  There have been a lot of men, women, and children who have sacrificed for that freedom.  Believe me, those children giving up their dads and moms are sacrificing too!
I love seeing those little fingers grasp for the flag!
The 4th of July has changed a lot for me over the years.  In my youth it meant barbeques and local fireworks displays with family and friends.  The year before I married my sweet husband it meant helping a friend get back inside minutes after the fireworks started because he had so recently returned from the war in Iraq that he began to have a flashback when he heard the explosions.  He cried as he yelled for a medic to come save his dying friend.  I cried as I learned for the first time how much my freedom really cost. Since then there have been years without my husband as he goes to protect the freedoms of his family and country.  Some years we still get to celebrate together  as a family.  Some years we have just taken the day to quietly rest and reflect.   Every year we try to remember that freedom isn't free.
To the family's of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice we are forever in your debt.  To those who sacrifice to keep our country free we thank you.  We know that your sacrifice doesn't end when you step foot back on U.S. soil.

Happy 4th of July!  May God bless America!

(If you are viewing this in an email, you may need to click over to the blog to see the video.  It's worth it, I promise!)

bwrightbrizee  – (July 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM)  

That will always be one of my favorite pictures - our special girl's very first 4th of July!!!! We may be miles away but you are close in our hearts and minds today!!

Anonymous –   – (July 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM)  

Beautiful post....very touching.

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