Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

I am finally home from my beach vacation. I had some issues on Friday with the Friday flashback, something I struggled with all week, I had computer connection problems. Sometimes it would allow, others not, and on Thursday night it was impossible. I apologize and hope to bring you some of that tomorrow. In the meantime, Lets celebrate today!!!

Could I ever feel any more blessed than to be born into the great United States of America? I don't think so. I honestly thank God everyday for that blessing. I also pray for our soldiers that risk their lives each day, who making sacrifices to serve in the US military. And without fail, at any sporting event, when I hear the star spangled banner I well up with pride, tears flowing. I am so proud to be an American. I so love this country!!!

For me it goes even deeper. As I am one that loves genealogy and family history. Here is some useless information to you, but it is something that I am proud of...I am a proud descendant of Edward Rutledge, one of the signee's of the Declaration of Independence.

And if you are a fan of the movie, National Treasure, like my family is then you might find this interesting....

What's on the Back of the Declaration?
People who watched the popular movie "National Treasure" want to know. On the back, at the bottom, upside-down is simply written:
"Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776"
According to the National Archives, "While no one knows for certain who wrote it, it is known that early in its life, the large parchment document was rolled up for storage. So, it is likely that the notation was added simply as a label."
There are no hidden messages......

And so, there you go...some useless of useful information. That is up to you to decided.
Today I will celebrate with my family, we will be grilling and eating, exactly as we did last year at Canyon Mouth Park. We will take in the fireworks display. And most importantly, we will all count our US citizenship and Independence as a country a blessing.
As Americans, we are blessed to live in a free country that affords its citizens liberty and prosperity that people in other countries will never know. During this Independence Day weekend, please take a moment to honor America and all that we are. Also, remember our military servicemen and women who are protecting our freedom across the globe and fighting for those who do not have the liberty our great country provides. Let us never forget those who have sacrificed before us to protect the United States and the values we hold dear.

I wanted to wish everyone safe and happy celebrations today!
Peace to all.
In the meantime, while the coals are starting to warm the grill take a moment and see how you score....
Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test? - July 4 Special:

Or, swing by PLATES & PLACES for some holiday grub recipes to please your crowd. I just know you will all love these recipes for the perfect picnic or tailgate or backyard cookout!


Mari said...

Happy Fourth! Like you I always well up when I hear the Star Spangeld banner. It's gotten worse since Andy joined the army.
I love that you are a descendant of a signer - that is something to be proud of!

Keetha Broyles said...

And a very Happy 4th of July to YOU too!!

nancygrayce said...

Have a wonderful 4th!

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

I love genealogy too - what a cool story! Happy 4th to you and yours!

4thelove! said...

well I didnt even know that! Happy 4th of July! Love you....HM


Loved the post. I love genealogy too and this was a great story. Hope your 4th was a good one...but I know it was.

Anonymous said...

Happy Independence Day!