Today is July 4th....better known in the states as Independence Day. We celebrate this holiday to remember the freedom that we gained from Great Britians rule over the colonies. It is a time of barbeques and parades, picnics and games, and oh yeh...don't forget the fireworks.
I remember growing up as a child, our immediate family would get together with all the aunts and uncles and cousins to celebrate with a huge barbeque. Our celebration often inlcuded a bushel or two of Maryland Steamed Crabs. (Oh how I miss that!) Kids would play and swim, adults would talk and eat! Oh how times were so simple when I was young.
I am also reminded of those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we have in the USA. The soldiers who have paid the price..... the ultime price --with their lives...... or those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time on 9/11. What more can one give than to lay down their life for a friend.
So as you celebrate today, don't forget to take time to reflect on the freedoms that we have and those who gave of themselves so that we have them.