We just celebrated the 244th birthday of the United States. Because of the pandemic and related restrictions, many Americans were unable to celebrate with the festivities and fireworks as they have in previous years.
A cursory thought might be, “I missed the fun of gathering with family and friends.” But maybe the limits placed on July 4 activities, along with the violent protests we have witnessed, will generate deeper reflection. Do we yearn for a renewal of, and a deeper appreciation for, the ideals upon which our country was founded? Although the answer might not be obvious to some, I believe the answer is yes!
Different holidays engender different emotions. For me, the Fourth of July — Independence Day — brings forth pride in my country. The United States was founded on principles of individual rights and freedoms, with the first right being the right to Life.
Are we perfect? Nope. So long as nations are comprised of mere mortals, no nation will be. And we continue to work toward the standards set by those great early leaders. Since our founding, it is no accident that people from all over the world have come here, looking for freedom and opportunity.