>As we celebrate our country’s birthday, I honor those who came before me who served her in various capacities. I salute the great, great + grandfather who said a prayer with his compatriots before facing the redcoats. I salute the great great + grandfather who fought in the Civil War, the great uncle who lies buried in France having fallen during the Argonne offensive in WWI, the great uncles who served in WWII, my father who served in Vietnam. I recognize the families who came to this country on the Mayflower as well as those who escaped the potato famine in Ireland, poverty in Germany, and others who sought religious freedoms and a better life in the New World. I pay tribute to the women who followed their men west from New England, who forged new homes and fought the wilderness, who paved the way for civilization across the country.
Oh, beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
Happy 4th of July!!