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Remember the Fourth for all the right reasons

By Staff | Jul 1, 2009

The Fourth of July is a time of fireworks (where they’re legal), picnics, and family reunions.

Right?

Well, maybe.

It’s also the day when our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence and broke away from the autocratic rule of England. That’s the reason why we should honor and revere the Fourth of July as one of America’s most sacred holidays.

Thanks to our men and women in uniform, we are able to enjoy the peace and tranquility with which we associate the Fourth of July.

But it wasn’t always that way.

For years, it was uncertain whether we would actually win the Revolutionary War. Even after we won, the War of 1812 came along and was decided by a draw.

During the Civil War, our nation’s bonds were strained. Brother fought against brother in the conflict that shed far more blood on American soil than did any attack by a foreign power.

And yet, somehow, we managed to come through that horrible conflict stronger than ever.

America still had its challenges, though – the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and conflicts now in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan as well as many other smaller but no less intense conflicts around the globe.

Today, some dare to question America’s military intent. However, if we examine our past military engagements we will see that history has vindicated our nation. For when America has chosen to defend itself or a weaker nation, our youth has been quick to answer the call. Many times, Americans have shed their blood so others can enjoy freedoms just as we have.

So when someone questions America when it answers the call to arms, perhaps we should ask them this:

How would you help those defenseless people overseas?

How would you protect our allies abroad?

How would you provide security for the economy for America and the world?

And, finally, how would you protect America from those who envy our way of life so much that they crash passenger jets into our buildings, murdering fathers and mothers and babies and try to justify it with their sick minds?

And see if you get an answer.