Do you cherish her honored traditions,
or are you trying to change America from within?
Do you recognize our troops as being a
strong force, defending the nation against America's
Are you thankful for America, a
fruitful land that has thrived, been blessed by Almighty
God? Or are you happily taking advantage of America's
- Does your heart swell with pride upon
hearing America's many patriotic songs?
Such gratefulness to Almighty God and
America should be forefront during the 4th of July. Many times
the meaning of the celebration is lost during the barbecuing and
fireworks. The 4th of July is designated as the birthday of
America where in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was put
together, declaring our independence from Britain.
It seems that many are numb to or have forgotten how we have
been blessed and that countries like America don't come along
that often. To ask the above questions of oneself makes all the
difference in the world as we have the potential to lose this
Upon joining America's military, potential soldiers swear an
oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United
States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Not only is
it the soldier's job to be vigilant for one's country, it is the
citizens' job as well. But we are not acting in the best
interests of our country. We are not acting as the original
Constitutionalists did. The original Constitutionalists wouldn't
be happy to see where America is today.
America has no room for those who do not respect this country.
Such people are living within our borders. They do not
understand what it took for America to get to its prominence in
the world. They bash the United States out of jealousy, but
continue to live here and take advantage of her goodwill.
A condition of our citizenry that is detrimental to our country
is that many American citizens today are not familiar with
sacrifice. In generations past, Americans put personal needs and
wants aside and thrust themselves into the cause to make sure
America remained strong.
I am always impressed with the WWII generation and how they rose
to fight a looming evil that is similar to what America and the
world faces today. Back at home in America, many women stood
behind their men by going to work in shipyards and factories
that cranked out planes and other supplies for the war. They
were Rosie the Riveter. Their generation is one to be proud of
and a model of how we should view our country and its stability.
Sit at the feet of someone from the Greatest generation...learn
from them, listen to their stories. They have something to teach
us. They are a reminder, we must work together and realize who
we are as a people.
As with any country, the people is what makes or breaks a
country. Know the history of America. Know what makes America
tick. Be appreciative.
Tell a Veteran how much you appreciate their service. Reflect on
how much sacrifice is required from individuals willing to
sacrifice for their nation...be they military personnel or any
civilian who takes the concerns of this nation to heart. All
those who endeavor to keep America moving should be celebrated.
Indeed, as Americans, we should be proud of our country. But
let's not allow the pride to become toxic and overbearing. We
must be mindful that our freedoms are fleeting. They can be
taken from us when we least expect it.
In displaying our pride of country, we must always be willing to
be on the front lines to preserve the liberty we cherish. Brave
and bold men and women created this nation. And it will take
such bravery and strength to keep this nation intact.
During this 4th of July, let us not forget where we've come
from. Let us follow the example of the valiant efforts of those
brave souls from our history. It will give us guidance on how to
face challenges today and in the future.
Felicia Benamon is a conservative columnist who writes from a
political perspective, but occasionally deviates to write about
other concerns facing her country. A patriotic American,
Felicia hopes to motivate others to be more conscious of the
current state of affairs in America, and to hold true to the
wonderful traditions that make America great. Felicia
comes from a military background and is proud to support the men
and women who put their lives on the line daily to protect
American citizens and who reach out to help those in need across
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