Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

This blog post is by my husband...one of the proudest Americans I know...

Born in England, he then moved to the United States in 1992 and was finally able to apply for citizenship in 2012.  

This was a great day for our family!  

He writes the following...

This year, I've noticed how often people have said, "Happy Fourth of July". While I understand what they mean, I wish they'd say "Happy Independence Day". I guess I'm afraid that we may lose some of the meaning if we just refer to the date.

Only 238 years ago, men signed their death warrant on a piece of paper, as they declared the birth of a new nation. They did it because they had to. There was no liberty in their land, and they knew that without it, mankind's future would be dark indeed. Having lived in places where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are scarce, I am grateful that they made this stand. They did it for their families and neighbors, but it blessed the entire world. Mankind could literally see a beacon of hope to aspire to. For some, it was a pattern for them to try to establish in their homelands; for others, a destination to travel to.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to this land and choose to become a citizen. It took work and sacrifice, and no promises but an opportunity to pursue my dreams. So that's why I rarely wish someone a happy Fourth of July. Because it's Independence Day. May God bless us all to be able to keep it.

 - Gary Ishmael -

 So here's wishing you and yours a very happy & safe
Happy Independence Day!


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