The Fourth of July is special day in our home, rather on the order of Christmas. We decorate the house, bring out the patriotic dishes,and wear clothes that declare our love for our country, serve favorite and traditional food, and watch fireworks, declaring them the best ever. The terror manifested in the United Kingdom this week is a vivid display that freedom comes at an enormous cost. Our enemies will use any means to further their cause – even death. Their determination to take us down is why our young men and women are fighting daily, at their own peril, to keep us safe from harm. Our support and appreciation for them on this day of celebration is not only deserved but also required as an example to our children and grandchildren. Many schools no longer require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember my sweet granddaughter, Kate, only two at the time, saying the Pledge in front of about 40 moms. My heart swelled and tears glistened in many eyes as we listened to that tiny girl repeat those awesome words. We must never forget the lives sacrificed for the cause of freedom and if necessary, learn anew this simple exercise of our citizenship. Take a few moments to listen to the sketch by Red Skelton explaining the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to some children. We are one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for ALL. Enjoy the Fourth!
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