Growing up in small town America nestled in the mountains the 4th of July was always a HUGE deal. We all got up early and headed into town to get our spots for the parade. My family ALWAYS sat in the same place on main street. For me the highlight was seeing my grandpa in his WWII uniform marching with all of the other American Vets. After the parade the entire town would go to the city park for a huge breakfast. Then it was off to my other grandparents for a huge family bbq with homemade ice cream and root beer. At dusk everyone would make their way to where the fireworks were going to be. We got to run around with our friends, watch our parents and grandparents visit with friends and then the show would start. The local radio station would be playing patriotic music along with the show.
As I got older though and learned about my family history, specifically my American history, I discovered that I come from people who were on the Mayflower, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the Revolutionary War (on both sides I discovered) and were instrumental in so many ways to help found this great nation.
Do we have our ups and downs? Yes. Do we get bad leaders? Absolutely. Are their ignorant people living her? One hundred percent yes.
Regardless of all of these things, I can say that I am one hundred percent proud to be an American. That I come from people who stood up to tyranny and injustice and fought for a better future for their children. So today as we celebrate our nations birthday, lets remember all of the good we have, and put away the negative and remind ourselves of the men and women who faced insurmountable odds 251 years ago and defeated the largest military in the world. Lets remember what it means to be an American.