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  • Happy Independence Day!

    2011 - 07.01


    I am a patriotic soul. Even though it’s not a popular notion with some people right now, I love my country. I think I’m one of the luckiest people alive to have been born and raised in this great country of mine. As Lee Greenwood sang, ♪ I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free and (this is very important) I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me

    I’m sure that being raised in the Air Force had something to do with this. But being proud of my heritage was hammered into my head before my mother married the career Air Force man who became the only real father I ever knew. I was born in East Tennessee and I’m just as proud of my state heritage as the country in which she sits.

    Whenever the flag is raised at the high school football game, I tear up and will truly cry out loud if I don’t control myself. Recently I walked around the Oklahoma State building with misty eyes and I spoke with a husky reverence as I took it all in.

    I never take it for granted that blood was shed, lives lost, to give me the freedoms that most take for granted. Sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters will never hold their loved ones again so that the citizens of this country can burn that same flag they died for, so inbred people can protest their funerals, and insult with vitriol the government they served.

    And I might be one of the older Americans, part of the outgoing generation but I strongly proclaim and loudly sing ♪ And I’d gladly stand up, next to you and defend her today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,


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