Celebrate Your Independence!
By Mirah W. (mwelday)
Chances are some of you have seen the email that makes the rounds this time of year that describes what happened to the men who signed our Declaration of Independence. Some of it is true, some is merely based on fact, and some is just inaccurate. But one thing is true: the men who signed the Declaration put themselves at risk. Some of them did lose their property, assets and even their own freedom. When I consider my life today I am thankful to live in a society where I have the freedom to speak my mind and stand up for my beliefs and not risk my life in doing so. I am thankful to live without someone else controlling the decisions I make.
But freedom is not free. Currently, our nation depends on 1% of our population to protect our freedoms. This is a big responsibility for a few brave souls. These sailors, airmen and soldiers live with uncertainty, separations from family, relocations and stress we can’t fathom. And they take on these challenges voluntarily. They sacrifice for 99% of us every day of their service.
This year for Independence Day I challenge you to live your life to its fullest. Celebrate your independence! Show the signers of our Declaration and the 1% who protect our freedoms that their efforts are not in vain. Place an American flag in front of your home. Wear red, white or blue. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the courage. Read a book. Watch a fireworks show. Spend time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and listen to the waves. Watch a marathon of your favorite television show. Thank a member of our Armed Forces for his or her service.
Whatever you choose to do with your day, remember there are millions of people in the world who don’t get the simple choices we take for granted every day. Celebrate! The men who signed the Declaration of Independence over 200 years ago would want you to do nothing less!