Happy 4th of July, America!

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I know many Ozzuians aren't located in the US, but I still wanted to do a quick post for myself & my fellow Americans.

Happy Independence Day!

I don't always agree with what our government does, but I am always behind the soldier. The men & women who continue to fight for my country do so for what they believe in & in my eyes, that earns them respect. As I retire to the back yard to have a beer (ok, maybe a few), grill some burgers, and enjoy some fireworks, I will remain particularly mindful of those who serve my country and their families today. My thanks to them.

I've made a point to stress this to myself and everyone around me every holiday for the last few years (it annoys my wife!), so this one should not be an exception. If you're like me in that you sometimes get so busy celebrating that you sometimes forget to take a moment and remember exactly what it is that you're celebrating for, then I'd like to ask that you take some time today to reflect on what the holiday means (and especially what it means to you). Thanks & have a great holiday! ;)
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Congratulations America and American citizens! (And all others celebrating 4th of July).
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Please stand for the pledge of allegiance:
Quote:
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


America rocks hardcore :)
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The day means nothing to me being an outsider, however being that i am from Scotland i am obviously inclined to remind you all that the declaration of Independence in the US was based on the Declaration of Abroath*.

It's good to see you have decided to take time to remember the day UPSGuy and started a post stating this, you should never forget where you come from and how days like this are always going to be important for your country. Well Done.

By the way, when reading the title i could have sworn America was 4 years old today. If this is the case, then Happy Birthday.




*For those of you unfamiliar with that document, it was the document that was signed in Scotland to declare it's independence from England in 1320 (around the time the movie Braveheart was set).
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when reading the title i could have sworn America was 4 years old today.


ha, yeah I didn't catch that, thanks. I appreciate the kind words as well.

Bogey - thank you, too!

mfs - Star Spangled Banner, nice choice. It's the national anthem, not the Pledge of Allegiance, but nice nonetheless. ;)
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hahaha, I was wondering if anyone was going to catch that
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Happy Independence Day to you in US.

:)
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I'm about two hundred bottle rockets and a couple dozen beers late to this topic, but happy 4th!
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1 beer on the wall, 1 beer on the wall! :(
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On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.

The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.

We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July.

Happy Birthday, America!
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