Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

This picture was taken, a few years ago, from the Memorial above the Arizona wreckage
in Oahu, Hawaii.

He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from opposition;
for if he violates this duty
he establishes a precedent 
that will reach himself.
~ Thomas Paine

Wow. How's that for a quote.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence 
every July 4, not with a parade of guns,
tanks and soldiers who file 
by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics 
where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad get iffy,
and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten,
but it is patriotism.
~Erma Bombeck

Another great quote by the beloved Erma. She was brilliant 
in so many ways.

Those who won our independence
believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
~Louis D. Brandeis

We on this continent should never forget
that men first crossed the Atlantic
not to find soil for their ploughs
but to secure liberty for their souls.
~Robert J. McCracken

It is the love of country that has lighted
and that keeps glowing the holy fire
of patriotism.
~J. Horace McFarland

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"

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