Happy Birthday, America.

As we embark upon the July Fourth holiday weekend, I am reminded of what this time means to me.

I spent many years volunteering for the USO and the Fourth of July was filled with activities to not only celebrate the birthday of our country, but to honor and thank our service men and women – and their families.

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Quote of the day.

In honor of National Flag Day.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain

May we remember, or choose to acknowledge, that our flag is a symbol of our freedom. It is a symbol of respect for those who fought and sacrificed for our country. It is a reminder that if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have the privilege to speak out, be heard and fight for what we believe in – no matter what we believe in.

May we look back on our history and not erase it, but acknowledge it and learn from it.

May we bury the wrongdoings of our ancestors and work together on truly uniting.

May we work together as a people and not be told how to think or what to do by our government or the media. They are not cult leaders, but elected officials who represent all people – not just some people.

Let’s not fuel the current climate of racism, hate and intolerance, the us against them mentality.

Let’s unite in a country where we are free to be, you and me.

Respect. Honor. Sacrifice.

When most Americans think of Memorial Day, they conjure up images of beach destinations, barbecues and the first official weekend of flip-flop season. It’s a carefree few days filled with fun, laughs and when the weather permits, lots of outdoor activities.

They plan what time the traffic will be at a minimum, load the cooler and pack the sunscreen. Jimmy Buffet sings a tune and everyone looks forward to wasting away in Margaritaville.

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