My favorite holiday is upon us. The special day of the year where I can go all out with the Red, White and Blue! Although, I must admit that all year long I've got the Patriotic vibe going on in my home. I love it. So much so that my room is decked out with a Tommy Hilfiger bedspread, statue of liberty photograph and flag pillow. What can I say, I'm a succor for it. We gather together with friends and family and celebrate this amazing country that we live in.
My family has always embraced this holiday. My mom has almost yearly photos of me and my sister on the porch with the flag...one that I try to replicate every year. We went to parades, lit our own fireworks or went out to watch them with a big group of people. There'd be BBQ chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs....the usual suspects. We would cry when we would hear Lee Greenwood sing and couldn't have been more proud to be an American.
Now everyday is a reminder of our families connection to our country. The flag that is neatly folded in a frame honoring my husband's service, the uniforms hung neatly in the closet and the camouflage duffel bag leaning against the wall in his office. The strong feelings of pride that I have for my husband, his career and our country have never been stronger. Its hard, don't get me wrong; and there are days that I just don't want to do it - but that doesn't mean that I don't love it with all my heart.
I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. Celebrate the fact that we are here in this country with freedoms that many can only dream of. I know that times may seem dark, and the road ahead for our country doesn't seem all that great for many of us. But I still believe in it with all my heart; and I pray continuously that God blesses us and shows himself to us even in the darkest of times.
God Bless America!!
“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. . .But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”