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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”

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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

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The Stories That Squiggly, Colorful Lines Tell

I am staring at a globe that is older than I am

It still says that the USSR is a country

and that Croatia is not

It says that Hong Kong is not part of China

and Myanmar’s name is Burma

I am staring at a map that is younger than I am

It says that there is no such thing as South Sudan

This globe and this map

with all their pretty colors

with all their squiggly lines

with all their funny names

do not tell the stories of the people

who live in their pretty colored nations

who live in between their squiggly lines

who live in their funny named cities.

This globe, this map, and even I

tell different stories about this

sphere sprinting across the galaxy

at 67, 000 mph

along with the other one hundred billion

other planets in the Milky Way.

This globe is from 1990

This map is from 2010

some of its recorded history I’ve lived through

most of it I have not

I did not live through the “discovering” of the New World

I did not live through the “conquering” of the West

I did not live through the “civilizing” of the Lost Continent

But I am living now

I do not yet have the priviledge to own a piece of paper

that says that I own some squiggly, colorful piece of land

But I do live in a squiggly, colorful land that says

that I have the right to

These squiggles and colors give us identity

give us unity

give us heritage

A nationality

A citizenship

A people

Yet they give us war

give us quarrels

give us anxiety

give us hatred

give us discrimination

These lines on maps and hearts

tell us differences

but it is up to us

if we choose

to celebrate or

to condem

those differences.

***

Those changes in our maps

tell us more than just geography

more than just history

they tell us why we fought

and why we fight.

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I want to live in a nation

where those squiggly, colorful lines mean something

where they stand for something

something I stand for and stand with

I want to live in a world

where those squiggly, colorful lines

do not divide us

but create in us something greater than

we could have ever imagined separately

I want to live as an individual

unified with my town

unified with my county

unified with my state

unified with my nation

unified with my world

resting securely in the palm of the Lord Almighty

Creator of the heavens and the earth.

Because sometimes to get things done

you have to color outside the lines

even the squiggly, colorful ones

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We the People

We the people

thus began and begins

the Constitution of the United States of America

We the people

sign our names and commit to

serve our country

have, do, and will

fight for liberty on a battlefield

fight for the law in a court room

fight for rights in a nursing home

fight for neighbors in Congress

We the people

have, do, and will

give hope to those without

give dignity to those without

give work to those without

give life to those without

give to those without

We the people

have, do, and will

work the common good

for unity

for justice

for protection

for welfare

for liberty

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We the People

We the People

We the People

have died

Please don’t be offended.

Then, again,

be offended,

if necessary

The ideals of our forefathers

The work of our servicemen and women

The sacrifice of our leaders

has been tarnished by our acts

or lack of acts

We the People

have died

Me the Person

has taken their place

The United States of America

founded on liberty and unity

cannot stand

when we are no longer United States

and instead

self-centered individuals who have to deal with others to get what we want

We the People

have died

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Please

prove me wrong

show me that

We the People

lives

Please

for we cannot keep on standing on the successes of yesterday

if we are going to face tomorrow

we cannot stand on history alone

if we are going to have victory in the future

Please

prove me wrong

We the People

We the People

We the People


If you do not stand firm in your faith,
    you will not stand at all.

-Isaiah 7:9


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

– John F. Kennedy

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