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As Long as We Remember...

July 3, 2002

I'm Proud To Be An American

Blaine R. Young

After 9/11, I hope that - on this 4th of July - people will take time to really appreciate their independence.

I often think of what it must been like to have been a patriot during the Revolutionary War. To put everything you have and you life on the line to attain your independence. This is an easy thing to say until you have to actually do it.

I often wonder how many people would step up to the plate if they had to make the ultimate sacrifice. Would the protesters, the flag burners, and the people who don't want to pledge allegiance to the flag risk it all to keep the freedoms that this country allows them to have. Their independence.

Because in this country - even though I do not agree with it - they have these rights. And obviously they chose this country to call home rather than the many from which they could have chosen.

So, I am personally very thankful for the police department, the fire department and the men and the women of the armed services. They still make a huge sacrifice everyday by putting there lives on the line to preserve our way of life.

Therefore, on this 4th of July, I am going to say a prayer to not only thank God, but to say thanks to all those who have made - and are still making - this the best country in which to live.

After that I am going to say the Pledge of Allegiance, because that is my right and because I'm proud to be an American.

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