The Day!

I’m ahead of Independence Day a few hours, but because I am so in love with my country, and because I appreciate living here so much, and because I so enjoy this video, I am posting now. Tears streaked my face as I listened to this magnificent music and gazed at the images of our countryside, the flag, the cities, the courage, the honesty of our sterling people.

Live well! Eat hot dogs! Love America! Love your family! Shoot Roman candles and light sparklers and bang firecrackers! Sing, shout, rejoice! It’s Independence Day…here…here in America, the greatest country on God’s earth!

Listen to speeches! Honor the military! Wave flags! Eat from red plates with blue spoons and white forks! Slurp red watermelon and white ice cream and blueberry pie! Barbecue in the back yard, drink lemonade and diet Coke and strong coffee in the evening! Watch a marching band at the village parade and cheer for the babies on tricycles and the old men in vintage cars! Clap when the firemen come by on the red truck and when the policeman struts along and when the mayor waves!

When THE FLAG passes by, stand up, remove hats, slap hands over hearts, and if you have the chance, sing loudly God Bless America or the Star Spangled Banner, or

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.

It’s Independence Day in the United States of America! Glad to be here! Glad you’ve joined me. Hope your holiday is tops–blessed and safe!

Republish from July 4, 2008 S. J. Buxton

5 thoughts on “The Day!

  1. Great post. We are in Benton, Arkansas today. I never truly understood the Amber waves of grain until we were traveling here and could see it by the miles.
    If you get a chance, visit my blog.
    A great 4th to you and Bro. Buxton. See you at Camp Meeting.

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  2. Nita

    Let Freedom Ring, and God Bless America! Thanks for the beautiful post. Happy 4th to you and your family.

    Nita, so good to hear from you today. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be together for this Independence day celebration. Love you so much.

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  3. dean

    I MUST AGREE….AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!!!
    AND MAY I HUMBLY ASK THAT “GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!”

    Happy 4th, Dean, to you and your sweet family. God bless you, indeed.

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