We are about to celebrate America's birthday. It is amazing to think about such a small part of the world declaring its freedom from such an established ruler and going on to win its independence.
The Declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776. It took much more than adopting the declaration to make it happen. It took sacrifices, lots of lives and George Washington.
I don't remember much about the history I studied in school, but our teachers did stress the birth of our nation and what it meant to the future generations. People came here for a better life and religious freedom.
I am sure it would have been easier for those early pilgrims to just sit back and do nothing, but they chose to stand up for their rights and demand their freedom.
In a few days we will be celebrating and enjoying the Fourth of July. Most people will get a day off work Monday since the holiday falls on Sunday this year. Towns will have celebrations, parades will be held, families will hold reunions, fireworks will go off and a lot of barbecue will be consumed.
Through all of the festivities, let's not forget why we are celebrating. I am afraid we may be slack in teaching our young people what it means to be an American in a free land. We need to teach them respect for the flag and what it stands for. We should let them know freedom of speech should not mean we can just put anything about others on the internet whether it is true or false.
Yes, we can have our own opinions, live where we want to live, work where we want to work, vote for whom we choose and go to the church of our choice. We should never take those things for granted.
I have seen veterans who have been in wars and conflicts in other countries come home with a renewed sense of gratitude for America and its freedom. We should be grateful to our men and women who have served through the years to keep us free.
Caraway will host its 64th annual Fourth of July Celebration. I know it takes a lot of work and effort for a few people making it possible for so many of us to enjoy the day. I hope they know it is appreciated. Each year when I go, I am reminded of why we celebrate. From the flag raising ceremony, veterans ceremony, to the fireworks display --- it is all about Independence Day.
I also want to commend the committee responsible for the Buffalo Island Veterans Park in Leachville. They have done a great job and it is something we can all be proud of. It did not just happen, they worked hard to make it happen. It is a wonderful tribute to our area veterans.
I hope everyone enjoys the day because it is a special day for all. Caraway will host its fireworks display Saturday night following the rodeo, and the Leachville Cave Dwellers will hold a fireworks exhibit at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Leachville City Park.