Happy Birthday America!
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
It is with great pride that I say this!
Being a Veteran of this great country it has more meaning to me than just a BBQ, or trip to the lake.
It isn’t just another day off!
It’s a day to celebrate freedom and to thank the many sacrifices made by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines of this great country, both past and present.
Without their sacrifices, none of this would be possible.
I have friends that are currently serving in Iraq. I have friends that are in Afghanistan. My brother is serving in Kosovo. They are putting their lives on the line on a daily basis.
I have friends that are serving here in America, yes, their lives are put in jeopardy almost daily when they train for war.
It is because of them, and those that serve along side of them, that we celebrate America’s 229th Birthday.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
Father Dennis Edward O’Brian, USMC
(Often incorrectly attributed to Charles M. Province)
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