|These photos were taken the evening of Memorial Day 2012. I thought the colors were appropriate for 4th of July.|
|Celebrating the colors of the day...the US flag, flying in American breeze under a freedom sky of blue with white clouds.|
I wanted to include a portion of a writing I found on the internet. My pastor was talking about freedom at church on Sunday. He spoke of John Adams and what he felt about celebrating America, at the very beginning. It is very appropriate today as well. Lest we forget what we have! There is a link as well so feel free to read the remainder of the writing compiled by James Heintze. (Used with permisson.)John Adams' famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Fourth of July is found on various web sites but is usually incorrectly quoted. Following is the exact text from his letter with his original spellings:
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).Writing that letter was an act of celebration.
Have a great 4th of July!! God bless America and all her people within!