When it is the season for celebrating our Independence, I like to reflect on a couple of things:
I am so grateful that I have not yet had to experience war on my front doorstep as the people in the last half of the 18th century.
Can you imagine being trapped aboard an enemy vessel with only a small portal to watch the perilous fight at Fort McHenry?
This is the very flag that flew over Fort McHenry inspiring Francis Scott Key.
Waiting in what must’ve been the longest, darkest night and struggling to see the outcome–would the patriots be able to hang on? The lyrics give you a glimpse into his feelings as he waited for the approaching dawn… “Oh say, can you see…”
I like to ponder on the sacrifices made by our fore-fathers. Would I have been willing to risk the lives of my family, and go without the most basic of needs?
The signers of the Declaration of Independence, 56 wealthy and well-educated men sacrificed everything they had.
The Americans Who Risked Everything by Rush Limbaugh is worth the read, or you can listen to a condensed version by Paul Harvey on YouTube.
Have a safe, and fun celebration, but take time to remember those to whom we owe our freedoms and our prosperous lifestyles.