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Is Patriotism gone?

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Is Patriotism Gone?

Over the past few years we have watched as less and less people seem to care or want to support the celebration of our freedom. They see July 4th as a day to invite friends over and have a barbeque in their backyard or for their church to hold a family fun day at CSI, ending with a wonderful fireworks display.

There was a time when patriotism was taught in our schools and children grew up to respect the flag and understand what it meant to be an American. They were taught the real reason why we are a free nation, why we can say what we want to say, wear what we want to wear, be who we want to be. Instead it seems that curriculum has been watered down and replaced with history of the world, traditions of the world, how America and what it stands for is bad and everyone should have a “world view” and not be boxed up in this “outdated” thing called America. It has gotten so bad that there are movements that are calling for people to walk on, stomp on, and even burn our flag.

Is Patriotism gone? What about all the men and women that died over the last 200+ years? What about the families of these brave Americans that gave their lives for our freedoms and our flag? It is time for those that believe in patriotism to stand up and be heard. As July 4th approaches, we encourage you to speak up, open you pockets and help us raise money for this celebration. Also, isn’t it time for all the churches that sit with their congregations enjoying the fireworks each year at CSI to help out and contribute to the fireworks fund? Together we can once again pull off a 4th of July celebration like no other.

 

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Ronald Reagan And The 4th of July

For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.

I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.

No later than the third of July – sometimes earlier – Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.

I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” – giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia.

Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth….

…Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July. Ronald Reagan President of the United States

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Freedom Means

Freedom
 By  Kay Seamayer

Written Mid-September, 2001
 
AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD…standing for:

FREEDOM in which to live…in which to raise our families…in which to speak… in which to move about as we please… in which to pray and attend the church of our choice…to be educated…to start a business with little more than  a dream, an idea, determination and grit…to choose a lifestyle that makes us happy…to choose our friends…to work as we see fit…to play as we wish…to live our dreams…to choose our own passions…and to be whomever or whatever we wish!!

FREEDOM does not come without a price…each generation, since the beginning of our great country, has paid a price for these freedoms we so love and enjoy…and too often take for granted!!  Probably every family in America has been touched at one time or another through the decades by loss of loved ones defending our FREEDOM – from destinations hardly known  to our own front door…our precious homeland!!

Let us, as Americans, become more compassionate and gentle – be more loving and kind – become more aware and reach out to those around us in need – and to become united in our love and determination to keep America strong and free!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA…AND LET FREEDOM RING…..EVERMORE!!!

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Top 10 Movie Quotes About Freedom

The U.S. is not the only country to celebrate its national freedom in July.  Canada, Burundi, and Rwanda all celebrate their independence on July 1st.  Many countries left Spain in July, including Argentina, Peru and Venezuela.  Colombia celebrates its national freedom from Spain twice – in July and August.  Other July independence celebrations are held in Algeria, the Bahamas, Slovakia, Belgium and the appropriately named Liberia.  For nations across the world celebrating independence in July or any other month, here are 10 great movie quotes about freedom.

“Freedom, baby, is never having to say you’re sorry.”
The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – John Milton (Al Pacino)

“Freedom is not just a dream.  It’s there, beyond those fences that we build all by ourselves.”
Instinct (1999) – Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins)

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
Good Night and Good Luck (2005) – Edward R. Murrow (David Straithairn)

“They’ll talk to you and talk to you and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.”
Easy Rider (1969) – George Hanson (Jack Nicholson)

“Now, somewhere out there is the Confederate army. They claim they are fighting for their independence, for their freedom. Now, I cannot question their integrity….But I do question a system that defends its own freedom while it denies it to an entire race of men.”
Gods and Generals (2003) – Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels)

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Die Another Day (2002) – Raoul (Emilio Echevarria)

“Freedom – to want nothing, to expect nothing, to depend on nothing.”
The Fountainhead (1949) – Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal)

“There is only one freedom of any importance, freedom of the mind.”
Iris (2001) – Iris Murdoch (Judi Dench)

“Figuring things out for yourself is practically the only freedom anyone really has nowadays. Use that freedom.”
Starship Troopers (1997) – Jean Rasczak (Michael Ironside)

“What do you suppose that Boone was looking for when he went out alone into the wilderness?  Was he looking for new lands?  Maybe for something more, something that a man just can’t see with his eyes or hold in his hands.  Something that some men don’t even know that they have until they’ve lost it.  To be free.  You know, that’s quite a word, freedom.  I think that’s what he wanted.”
Sergeant York (1941) – Major Buxton (Stanley Ridges)

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