Every 4th of July, I dig out my red, white and blue patriotic shoes and my big loop matching earrings and a red silk flower for my hair. I dress up like a walking advertisement for the holiday!

I love the 4th of July! To me, it stands for the freedoms that we often take for granted in the United States of America…to have the ability to be who we want to be, and the right to voice our opinions without fear of punishment.

I enjoy observing the faces of the crowds as the fireworks light up the sky. I watch a veteran shed tears from his wheelchair. I laugh at a toddler perched on his Dad’s shoulders waving at all the people who are pushing through the crowds. The well dressed professional brushes shoulders with the mountain man and they turn to smile at each other and share a moment that knows no class distinctions.

We are together as one…Proud to be Americans!

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