The 4th of July or rather Independence Day is a day I look forward to. For one, my husband has this holiday off and when it falls at the beginning or end of the week our family can be together for a long holiday weekend. That’s very special to me. The parade, the fireworks, camping, grilled hot dogs and wearing red, white and blue…it’s all fun. The excitement of the day and festivities can easily override the true meaning of the day.
This is easy to do as an American. Our first world problems are so trivial yet they seem SO important to us. We complain about not having the Internet, losing power and not having air condition to keep us cool during a hot day. Silly things like our coffee order being wrong and being stuck in traffic. Yet were so lucky because we have freedom and rights that many do not have, which is what the 4th of July is all about. Freedom to not be ruled by another country, government or king but to have our own government, our own president and as citizens we vote and have a say on our country is run.
Freedom to order coffee, drive a car, vote, own a home, property, and have electricity, WiFi and freedom of speech to hit publish on a blog post. The freedom to choose our jobs, start small businesses and have the American dream. All of which I’m so grateful for but it’s easy to lose sight of why we have this freedom and these rights that we often take for granted.
In 2011 my husband’s friend Health Robinson, gave his life for our freedom as a Navy Seal. He was killed when a rocket propelled grenade struck his helicopter in Afghanistan. Only 34 years of age and he was killed in the CH-47 Chinook crash, the deadliest attack in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. A man who served on the Navy’s elite SEAL Team SIX and who died doing what he believed in. He served our country to protect our freedom. Health signed all of his emails to his family with this quote from George Orwell:
“We sleep peacefully in our beds because rough men stand by to visit violence on those that would do us harm.”
So while I’m grilling hot dogs, watching the fireworks and camping with my family this 4th of July I’ll be remembering Health Robinson and all of those that are currently serving our country and all of those that have given their lives so I can sleep peacefully in my bed each night.I’ll also remind myself to buy American made because it supports my country, the economy I live in and the people who serve our country. It’s all interwoven and we forget this but when we don’t buy American and support the American economy it weakens our own national security. The national security men such as Health Robinson fought for and died for. Made in American matters and so does our right to choose what we buy, start small businesses and support small businesses so our economy and those living in the USA can thrive.
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