As I was traveling down route 7 towards Marietta, Ohio, I noticed a business that positioned a crane on a hill facing the 4 lane road. At the top of the crane, was a flag for all to see, suspended some 100 feet in the air from a chain that was attached to the underside of the crane basket. After giving this some thought, it dawned on me how ironic this flag was, being attached to a chain for the support of the American flag. As I passed by, I knew I had to turn around and capture this moment and these thoughts right then and there.
This flag and chain pole reminded me of how we are all bound together like a chain, as Americans for the pursuit and belief of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty, and justice for all. Whenever tragedy hits, we link together in support of one another and our troops leave home, joining forces to defend our borders. Although we are the great melting pot
, it is because of our differences that make us strong. We are supported by the military of this great country, who represent each and every one of us out of their own free will, fighting for us every day, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms and liberties of what makes up our individual lives.
No matter if we agree or disagree with the wars that are being fought, or whether we agree or disagree over our governments decisions, we are still free to make our lives whatever we so choose, and hopefully reap the benefits for generations to come by our personal and team efforts. We have the choice of right and wrong, to give back to others, from what we strive to attain, whether it be monetary, teaching others, personal aspirations or just by lending others a hand. We get to become better people to freely make a difference. We are free to learn, love, believe in any religion, pray to the God of our choice, raise families, work, and earn, because someone else is fighting for our freedoms, literally giving up their own lives for us.
This country has been through a lot these past years, getting hit at home, going to war, and bad economic downturns. But we strive on, never giving up, believing in ourselves and helping one another.
On this 4th of July celebration, no matter what you may be doing, take some time to think of, and perhaps thank or give your support to those who are off defending our democracy so we may remain free. If you see our men and women in uniform, give them a salute or handshake to thank them for their efforts, after all it is usually they, who end up thanking us first because we are too busy being free….