Ali‘s “Pop” died this morning secondary to Cancer; a Veteran, now joins The Creators Troops, I’m certain he was met by Veterans he knew and some he didn’t before this morning. Now pain free, a body restored and standing strong. Thank you sir, for your years of service, your life and your beautiful daughter who stood, who took such good care of you through this last chapter of your life. We are with you Ali, your sons. That dad of yours picked his time, today was his day; so that he would not leave this world on Independence day the day of your little son’s birthday! but for him; today is his Independence Day; a Veteran now home with his God, with others who served and now free. Job well done daughter, job well done Sir, Thank you for your service and your time here on this earth!
I love to see flags flying around our streets and in front of our homes and lands.
Each time I drive up and down the roads I try and take a shot of flags that just somehow take my breath away,
and the one that flys
always just gets me.
It is just huge and on a day with some wind it seems to really catch me all over again as it dances against the skies.
During Tropical Storm Debby I was amazed at the number of flags that were destroyed and how quickly they were attended to here; even in such wind folks took care of their flags by taking them down and replacing them with new ones right after the storms wrath.
Now we are seeing more flags in front of homes as we are but a day away
from Independence day
JULY 4, 2012.
As areas continue to clean up after Debby’s wrath, as Southwest VA and up through Northern VA continues to be without power and threats of more storms and record heat sweeps the east while those raging fires threaten and devastate Colorado and the west.
Yet during all these things people are still planning gatherings for the
4th of July;
places under fire warnings still planning to go full steam with a fireworks display
bbq’s are being tended to, groceries are being bought and people are now on the roads with gas prices being under $3.00 a gallon to enjoy each other
and celebrate the 4th of July.
We will fill coolers, jump in lakes and pools, eat burgers, ribs and fries
while toasting with a cold one
on this year while firing off those noise makers in what is perhaps the most landmark year of history making to date.
Many will be sweet, go unnoticed and be timid in their comings and goings,
and try not to be seen;
they will approach things and others with great caution!
They will do no harm, or just watch it all happen or just bet their noses wet and not weigh in or create ripples!
Others will create great distress by just the look of them,
they will lie in wait, and weigh in and have a snap in a hot second. They can be ugly and need no provocation…
It is good to be mindful when dealing with all as we know that the Creator has a lot of different Creations out there and on the 4th you are bound to run into varying ones who are not always in their right minds.
Well who are we kidding here,
this happens each day of the week right?
We must remember though
we are free because of the brave;
some gave all, all gave more than most would ever sign up for.
We are blessed to live in a country where we are free;
even in times of great struggle, great debates, great times of challenge.
Times where now we here all the opinions, arguments, ugliness and thoughts of so many who freely render their thoughts and throw their unrelenting and often hurtful comments at each other on social media sights and in person to others.
All happening while men, women, service animals are sweltering in heat of 120 degrees, carrying 70+ pounds on their backs in sands, while looking all the time for enemies and even sweet innocent children to kill them in a heart beat or render them wounded and back at home to then be cared for in systems that are broken and unprepared for their internal torment.
We must think broader in our celebration of tomorrow to include them as we raise our forks to our mouths and our glass to our lips
with a thank you and a prayer for their safe return
along with a prayer for those who have returned in thanks and prayer for their healing.
Spirit of warriors ready to fly
on this July 4th;
thank you to all
who have served and our serving
what I will always call our
in good times and times of great struggle.
This is our country.
If you do not like it;
I’m sure there are other places that all the airlines go to; perhaps consulting Lmbaugh is a good idea, rumor has it, he is leaving.
Have the best day you can remember!
Walk in BEauty
- Proper Flag Etiquette for Flag Day (redenvelope.com)
- July 4 – Independence Day of United Sates (moulsinc.com)
- Flag Me (welcometocenturyfarmhouse.typepad.com)
- Independence Day Spending Projected to Fall 12% This Year (kcrg.com)
- Celebrate Independence Day In Style (brooklynsdarling.wordpress.com)
- Fighting for What is Important (judithmcguinness.wordpress.com)
- July 4th facts on flags, fireworks, food and more (washingtonpost.com)
- 4th of July Flag Printables [Cupcake Flags] (bedifferentactnormal.com)
- Independence Day: Independent From What? (americanclarion.com)