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What Fourth of July really means to me

The 4th of July means a lot of different things to me. It's a celebration of the United States of America. It is a day to celebrate the birth of our country's independence. It commemorates the United States of America's adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. I celebrate all we stand for as a people of one country. The freedom to believe what we want (in a religious sense), to speak what we feel inside about our government or anything and the opportunities we have here to be what we desire and continue to learn and grow. The Fourth of July is a celebration of our independence, our birth and our democratic heritage.

The 4th of July is a time to be grateful to those who sacrificed their freedom, so that I might have mine. A time to pay homage to those who gave their lives as the ultimate price in the name of freedom, and a time to remember those who were scarred and maimed, some physically, all mentally, while fighting for that freedom. It is a time to think about the high cost of this freedom and the fact that freedom is not free. 

It's a time to reflect and give thanks to all the military, past and present, who have fought and still fight to give us those freedoms we enjoy everyday. I lovingly say thank you to all that have served and continue to serve our country. There is no independence without you.

May we never forget where we came from and how far we have come as a Nation under God. May we get that unity back that we seemed to have lost. May we all strive to work together versus against each other. May we find the love that we have lost. May we remember those words of the Pledge of Allegiance and believe and say every word:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

Do you know what "indivisible" means? It means inseparable, joined, unified and unbreakable. Think of it, in the last several years, has this nation resembled what the founding fathers wanted for us? All I hear is a bunch of arguing between the parties, a lot of excuses and a lot of insults flung in all directions without anyone taking any blame. This isn't about parties any more, it's about so many representatives in both the house and senate's selfishness and greed. It's no longer "for the people", it's all for THEM. 

"Liberty and Justice for all"? It's not just one race that matters, it's all races, all nationalities, all creeds, we all matter, we all deserve justice! Men, women, and children of all races and of all beliefs. 

I am so sad to see such divisiveness in our country. What our founding fathers wanted wasn't what we have turned into. Let's think about what each of us can do to take our country back to being one nation again and what that really means.

May we all be able to stand up and say 'God Bless America' and be proud. 

Much love from your fierce tigress,