I love to celebrate the birth of our nation by walking around the morning of July 4 and finding people showing their American pride. I have been fortunate to carry on this tradition in various parts of our country, but this morning I was home based. When at home, there is no place better to walk than the beach!
The town was off to a sleepy start as many reposed after their 1st night of their 3 day weekend. The deep growl of approaching storms added a perfectly orchestrated sound track. Little by little, individuals and families began to stake out their own beachfront real estate for the day. The local chair rental pro was setting up his umbrellas while the lifeguards were positioning themselves for a busy Saturday at the ocean. Large gray clouds added texture and interest above.
As I made my walk, I noticed that one of the iconic lifeguard stations was proudly flying an American flag from his rail. This single station, being the only one adorned in our nation’s symbol, made me think that this was not placed by the city, but rather a single individual wanting to show his national pride. I saw it as a sign of gratitude to all those freedom-loving patriots before us and the sacrifices they made. There was no great fanfare or spotlight, just a simple American flag hanging proudly for all to notice.
On this July 4th, take a moment to show your love our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. Celebrate this special anniversary and give thanks to those that made our freedom’s possible. Happy Independence Day – May God bless the USA!
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