It seems as though July is the only month of the year we are made more aware of our great country. We often forget the countless things that we are blessed with because of the nation that we live in.
We owe so much to the people who first settled America. They were people who wanted freedom and risked their lives by hanging, if they had not won the Revolutionary War, to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The men who wrote these beloved documents were not ordinary men, and they gave us the basis for freedom in our lives today. We should truly be thankful for them.
Not only did the original patriots risk their lives, but we are blessed to be protected by the modern-day patriots who serve in the armed forces.
It is stirring to see and hear the impressive flag ceremony as it is raised each day, and at dusk to hear the beautiful sound of taps played softly by the bugle as it is lowered. I get tears in my eyes when I hear these sounds. I realize that I should have these feelings more often, be more grateful for these events and not just think about them in July.
Dorothy N. Bradley
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