Tomorrow we celebrate, that is as Americans. We will attend services, watch hometown parades, have picnics and cookouts, family get-togethers and parties. All in the name of the Fourth of July. And every retail store and outlet in the country will be having some sort of sale or another. But tomorrow evening, all over the place in small town America, when you’re sitting back in your lawn chair to watch the night sky light up, remember why we do all this.
All too often we take for granted the rights, the freedoms, the way of life that we have grown so accustomed to, because we have them everyday. No armies on our soil, no militia patrolling our streets, coming and going as we please, just to name a few. I’ll enjoy all those things that I previously mentioned. I’m planning on taking in the festivities in downtown Selma, looking forward to some strawberry-soaked shortcake. And I can’t wait for the fireworks to erupt as I”m still like a kid at Christmas when I hear the explosions. But I’ll stop and reflect on how fortunate we are……I hope you do as well. Happy Birthday to all of us.