You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. - Erma Bombeck

Happy Birthday America! It's the 4th of July!

I love the 4th and what it stands for. 

George Bernard Shaw once said, "Liberty is the breath of life to nations."

I also believe that with our liberty and freedom, come responsiblities that implore us to never tire from defending it.

Thinking about Erma's quote made me also reminisce about what I have seen in other countries.

Each country I have ever visited or lived in throughout Europe and in the Americas, puts on a huge military display on the anniversary of their own independence.

Yet we celebrate ours with simple family gatherings and picnics.

The only show of muscle is when we lift a hotdog or a slice of watermelon to our mouths.

The only semblence of an artillery piece is the 4 inch pipe that once it is lit, propels a beautiful array of fireworks into the evening skies.

I love my United States and I love celebrating its birthday every year!

Make it a great 4th of July dia!

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