Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, America!

Tonight I went downtown in Greensboro to watch the 4th of July fireworks display with a couple of friends. We went to the top of a parking deck, where we were able to get a good view of the show. We were there to watch the fireworks that were being fired-off from the Grimsley High School football stadium and the Greensboro Grasshopper’s baseball stadium.

On the top level of the parking deck, which I believe was eight stories tall, we were able to see out over the horizon. The cool thing about this is the fact that we were able to see major firework displays that were taking place in surrounding cities, towns, and communities. From our vantage point, we were able to see major firework displays that were taking place in High Point, Winston Salem, Burlington, and Asheboro, among other areas. It was a very neat experience.

While I was watching the fireworks display, I began to think about how proud I am to be an American. I also thought about how thankful I am for all of the brave men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. This nation would not exists without the service and sacrifice of those who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Also, while watching the fireworks tonight, I began to think about the Declaration of Independence. That sacred document, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, summarizes the essence of freedom in America. Thanks to Thomas Jefferson for authoring such a beautiful proclamation of independence!

Happy Birthday, America. You are now 234 years old and your best years are still ahead!