Because of the sacrifices of so many men and women over the years, America is still the land of the free and home of the brave. The older I get the more my love and appreciation for this country deepens.
My dad, on the left, while serving in Europe during World War II.
My husband, also a veteran, putting up the American flag on the Fourth of July.
It's my wish on this Independence Day, that every child be as happy as this one was when the photo was taken. I hope they grow up knowing what it means to be patriotic. I hope someone explains to them that the reason they're enjoying the family barbecue and fireworks is due in large part to the people who served this country in the past and to those who continue to do so today. I hope they understand that they are blessed to live in the the United States of America.
On a less serious note, it's become a tradition for me to make Melting Moments every Fourth of July.
Backyard fireworks at our son and dil's house. The best kind because you always get a front row seat. The color photos in this post were taken last year. We're still making our memories for July 4, 2009.