I wanted to write this quick post to say Happy Independence Day America!

The 4th of July holiday is here and as we celebrate together with our friends and family on this day remember to have fun and enjoy yourself. Although we are a relatively young country and we have our challenges for sure, I am proud to be an American, especially as a woman. I am grateful for the freedoms I have and am able to use everyday.

If you are reading this from the United States, I would encourage you to spend 60 seconds in silence or in prayer, either by yourself or with your families today for those who are away from home fighting for these freedoms. Good, bad, or indifferent, our soldiers abroad need all the positive thoughts they can get. Now go have some fun!

A moment of remembrance and Thank You.

Happy Birthday America.

 

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marquita herald - July 4, 2011

Nice post VanNessa – I read a pretty depressing article the other day where a news station did a pretty extensive on-the-street interview with people asking why we celebrate 4th of July. An alarming number of people had little or no clue other than a long holiday weekend and a day where a lot of people barbecue. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Jim Talbott - July 5, 2011

Hey Vanessa ~ What a nice blog post and sentiment for our Fourth of July Celebrations. I certanly hope that you took time away from the computer and blogging so that you too could give a little thanks but also relish in the days festivities.

Thanks for a great post.

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Willena Flewelling - July 5, 2011

I think that’s an awesome song, and I’m not even American! Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a great Independence Day. 🙂

Willena Flewelling

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Irene Pereira - July 7, 2011

Hello VaNessa

Love the proud and emotional video. You have sum it up so beautifully. Great work. Hope you had a wonderful day whilst saving some or your thoughts remembering.

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Joyce Edwards - July 8, 2011

Hey VaNessa,
What a wonderful post on a great day in our history. I am proud to be an American! This is the greastest country in the world. We have our problems but at least we are free to do so many things that people, especially women, around the world cannot do. When people complain about American I remind them that in their home country they did not have basic freedoms like we have here. I don’t hear of many people trying to immigrate to other countries like they do the USA.

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Dr. Erica Goodstone - July 9, 2011

VaNessa,
What a wonderful song to fill us with that American pride and spirit that so many of us have been suppressing and even losing with all the negative media about the handling of our economy, etc.

Erica

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Ben - July 11, 2011

Nice post Vanessa
Even thought I am in South Africa and have never been to the USA, I understand how you feel about Days like Independence day.

Some days are there to make you proud about your heritage. About the milestones that your forebears reached to give you the life that you are living.

Belated Happy Independence Day from South Africa
Ben

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Debi Talbert - July 12, 2011

Nice Post. Thanks for taking the time to share the song. As an ArmyMom I truly appreciate you encouraging others to stop a moment and think of those giving up their freedom to help us keep ours.

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Jenna Waites - July 12, 2011

VaNessa, that was beautiful! Thank you so much for this wonderful post!

This year I was in Canada during on the 4th. I got the wonderful experience of celebrating Canada Day on the July 1st (with is their birthday) and then celebrating The 4th with my family and friends up there (mix of Canadians and Americans). It made me more appreciative than ever that we are able to freely travel and live all over the world. And I was grateful to share our traditions with those in Canada as they shared theirs with me. It truly was one of the best 4th’s I’ve had!

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Loren - July 15, 2011

Hi Vanessa,
How wonderful that we have such beautiful melodies as bonding mediums for bringing people together to share the love for their country, its people and history. Through such melodies and national anthems we also get to share our hopes, dreams, love and aspirations for ourselves, others and our country. We are so very fortunate to live in countries that honour our freedom. Thanks for sharing this beautiful song and reminding us to appreciate those who fight for freedom and independence all over the globe, not just on Independence Day, but everyday!

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Steve Nicholas - August 9, 2011

Great post, VaNessa! You are right that this is a country that has its challenges, but I am also reminded of something that a former President said about it, “There is nothing that’s wrong with America that can’t be fixed with what’s right with America.”

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