July 4, 2010
“Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light…..” Miss Hyatt, my second grade teacher, had the greatest impact in teaching me about patriotism.
She was a patriot from the word go. She loved the flag, George Washington, The Constitution and all the patriotic songs. So… we learned all the songs… from the Star Spangle Banner, My Country Tis Of Thee, to American The Beautiful and… everything in between.
I will be forever grateful to Miss Hyatt and her tenacity. She created in me the desire to know more about the early history of this country. I have always loved the historical stories of those early pioneers of liberty.
After watching the HBO presentation of John Adams this past year, my interest in learning more about our Founding Fathers has been renewed. (If you haven’t seen it yet… put it on your viewing list. It’s a must.)
I admire John Dickenson, who courageously stood for his conviction, being unmoved, even though it was not popular with the Continental Congress.
I’m impressed with Dr. Benjamin Rush for his diligence and kindness. He and one other doctor were the only ones who stayed in Philadelphia to to administer help those who were ill with yellow fever. He did so, knowing that there where those who sot to take his life because he had signed the Declaration of Independence.
I revere Thomas Jefferson, who at the age of 32, penned the Declaration of Independence with such perfection that it stands today as one of the greatest documents ever written.
I could go on and on. On this day… I’m truly grateful for those who risk they homes, property, and lives to bring us today’s freedom.
I found this video that expresses what I feel today. It’s short and touching.
P.S. Today at church, a young Marine, just returning from Iraq, bore his witness to the work of freedom in that far off land. It was heart lifting.