Celebrate Their Sacrifice

The wind whipped my hair

as well as the dog hair

that was stuck to my swim suit

Water (or maybe dog drool)

sprayed on my face

as the speed boat raced across the waves

As I pet the dog

and looked out on the blue horizon

I thought, “This is life”

***

We celebrate the day

that initiated a five year war

and cost hundreds of lives

with fireworks and parties and hamburgers

with speed boats and late nights and music

because we are honoring the men and women

who fought for our freedom

by enjoying our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness

We do not only mourn their deaths

but we honor and celebrate their sacrifice

because freedom should be something to sing and dance about

freedom should be celebrated with family and friends

Along with the flag,

our symbols of freedom should be

smiling faces and satisfied hearts

because I am proud to be an American

sunset-flag-america-fields

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3 responses »

  1. It is nice to hear from young people who value their freedom and not take it for granted. Happy Independence Day!

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  2. I am happy to hear about your reflection on our country’s blessed freedom. We should never stop being thankful. Excellent post

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  3. Good thinking. Now I don’t have to feel guilty about having a good time in celebrating such an important holiday.

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