Now where did I put that sparkler? I know I had it lit in this house somewhere...
... That is neither here nor there ... its Fourth of July!! My third favorite holiday of the year!! (Your guess on the other two, and no Columbus day is not one of them ... however Flag Day is close in the running...)
The movie “Independence Day” is one of my most adored summertime flicks, and captures one of my all time favorite movie speeches:
“In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And, you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind," that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps, its fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom--not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live--to exist. And, should we win the day; the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish, without a fight. We're going to live on. We're going to survive. Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" – President Thomas J. Whitmore.
Our country was founded on three key principles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. I will not weary you with one of my political soap boxes, but I will say this – these principles are a privilege. It’s a privilege that blood has been shed for; that others have sacrificed so that you are able to have. Nevertheless, you must choose to incorporate them into your lives. When faced with hardships, deadlines, overwhelming responsibilities, and emotional heartache – try to remember that you too can declare you will not go quietly into the night … Stand for what you believe in, fight for what you dream of, and live a life full of happiness. Although it’s not written as a Hollywood blockbuster, your life is enriched with freedom, dreams, and recompense if you seize to capture the true essence of America’s birth. Your freedom gives you today – to make the most of it, both the bad and the good. Declare your own Independence Day, free of negativity and procrastination in living out your dreams … The ticket has already been bought and paid for. And this is a movie worth cherishing.
God Bless America. Happy 4th of July. And may all your dreams come true ….