As we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, it reminds me of the strong, independent foundation of this country. The United States was built on the backs of freedom seekers. People packed up their families and their meager belongings and moved to a new land. They took tremendous risk all for one thing - freedom. They did not accept the idea that a third party - originally King George III - had the right to control their actions so they took a risk and struck out on their own. That simple decision made all the difference.
Many years ago Benjamin Franklin said -
"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have,
nor do they deserve, either one."
Remember this as you celebrate Independence Day. Independence is not given; it is taken. Independence is not an accident; it is the result of deliberate, planned action. Give thanks to your parents for the sacrifice they made and ask yourself if you are doing everything to empower those who depend on you.
We will take a few weeks this summer to visit France. The whole family is so excited. Hope you have a great summer vacation planned with family and friends.