What Independence Day means to me
|With jubilation, our happiness grew,
with celebration of the red, white and blue.
In 1776, America made its stand,
and separated at last from Great Britan.
Love of America is pure-intended,
we will strive to keep it well defended.
Equality of mankind was written long ago,
we've made strides, but we still have miles to go.
Within the scroll is our right to life and liberty,
to be spread across to all in the community.
A pursuit of happiness is plainly written,
we should enjoy the days we have been given.
John Adam would be thrilled to check in and see
that all these years later on his word, we agree
to use loud bangs, bells, and illumination
to celebrate this great, wonderful nation!
With friends and family, perhaps strangers too,
our pride in our country is tried and true.
Coming together, sharing laughter-filled glee,
watching children with sparklers under the tree.
Remember to take time away from it all,
to give thanks to God for the big and the small.
Reflect on the beauty that's all around,
and the daily miracles that still abound.
Say a prayer for those who go off and fight,
and the ones at home who hope they're alright.
For our brave men and women who keep us secure,
hope, love and thanks for you are most assured.
Written for "HONORING OUR VETERANS" [ASR]