“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ” – George Bernard Shaw
“The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. ” – John Quincy Adams (1767–1848), “The Declaration of Independence”
“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” – John F. Kennedy
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall
“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ” – Lyndon B. Johnson
56 Men signed the Declaration of Independence.
Do you know what it cost them? These 56 sacrificed much to declare our independence – freedom is never free:
“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”― John F. Kennedy
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.” ― Henry Ford II
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” ― Calvin Coolidge
“…Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.
He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
…He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life-or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.
He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to “square-away” those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
…Just as did his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over two hundred years.
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
And now we have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to war when our nation calls us to do so.
As you go to bed tonight, remember this. A short lull, a little shade, and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.” ― Sarah Palin, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag
“America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.” ― Herbert Hoover
“A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE
“My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our father’s God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.”
― Samuel Francis Smith
Happy 4th of July my friends! Here in America we are celebrating our FREEDOM. But what are we using our Freedom for? That is what I am pondering today.
According to the Dictionary
the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
Here is America we can and do whatever we want for the most part. There are many cultures who are not so spoiled. Many that do not have the freedoms and liberty to make a choice. There are still many oppressed in our world. Lord, use us to bring freedom to them as well.
10 Quotes on What to Do with Freedom:
So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free. (John 8:36 AMP)
[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke? (Isaiah 58:6 AMP)
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. (Galatians 5:1 AMP)
I am the Lord your God, Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should no more be slaves; and I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect [as freemen]. (Leviticus 26:13 AMP)
Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. (Psalm 118:5 AMP)
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.
Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; in Your righteousness, bring my life out of trouble andfree me from distress.
And in your mercy and loving-kindness, cut off my enemies and destroy all those who afflict my inner self, for I am Your servant. (Psalm 143:10-12 AMP)
Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin). (Matthew 9:13 AMP)
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. (Matthew 10:8 AMP)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
Let us remember the price that you and our soldiers paid for FREEDOM. It cost blood. Help us to honor those who serve or have served our Country and to remember those who have fallen giving their lives to protect our lives, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness. Guide us with your Holy Spirit to use this freedom for your glory, in Jesus Name.