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Friday, July 4, 2008

Let Freedom Ring!!

Happy Fourth Of July !!!
Well, it's been a long time since our country was born - 232 years to be exact - since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Here is a little bit of history for you.

Independence Day in the U.S., is an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S. independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the U.S.

The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played. It was not declared a legal holiday, however, until 1941. The Fourth is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches, and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks; early in the 20th century public concern for a "safe and sane" holiday resulted in restrictions on general use of fireworks. Family picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.

I plan to spend my day in Coeur d'Alene watching the annual Fourth of July parade and a picnic with my grandchildren. Tonight we will go to Liberty Lake Washington to watch the fireworks.

Wherever I am my thoughts will be about this great country and what it means to live and travel in this great country of ours and be allowed the freedoms we have.

I will remember the great leaders of our country that built the framework of this country and fashioned guideposts through the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution for our future.

I will also remember those who watch our country to keep it safe from harm. We are able to celebrate because of those who serve and continue to sacrifice each day for our freedom.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)

Have a safe holiday and please say a prayer for our troops at home and abroad.

In the words of my father "That's it For Today".

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