A Salute TO Our Independence…
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
You are viewing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was built recently in our town to represent the fallen heroes from Lee, Hendry, Charlotte, Collier, and Glades counties in southern Florida.
America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. These men and women fought hard to keep America and the fight for freedom reigning.
Do you see the card sitting between the combat boots? I removed the card, sat down and took in what this wife wrote to her husband. As I read the letter, I had tears in my eyes, and couldn’t imagine such pain of losing one’s spouse. Finally, I lifted my head and saw Tarzan coming around the corner, and through the tears a smile finally formed. He says, “I see you found the card.” “Yes, I replied.” “Have I told you that I love you?” Tarzan smiles…
So on this precious weekend of celebration, I say to you…God Bless YOU!
May you remember the many freedoms that have been fought for you and your family.
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These photos tell the sobbing stories of sacrifices for freedom! Thank you!
I would have been balling my eyes out if I saw and read that card!
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This is a beautiful post. Happy 4th to you!
I hope America remembers this and continues to fight for this….. “America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave.” because probably more now than at any time in it’s history this is at threat… and mainly from your own government. The same is true here in Britain, although for slightly different reasons.
Happy 4th to you and Matt. We are all here for the weekend. 10 of us. We are all done just about with the house. On the beach with the family. So good to see all the people. Jersey is back!!! Miss you. Love, Annie
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A truly stirring memorial post Laurie.
LuAnn, thank you…very kind! Hope things are going okay for you?
Interesting for sure. 😉
Lovely Memorial. So sad how all those soldiers died. I wish for peace on earth. Have a nice holiday 🙂
Lovely post, and beautiful monument. It’s always wonderful to see tributes to our fallen soldiers. PS That arch with door that was in my last post is not in my backyard….it is at my fav nursery.
I, as a native German, born 2 years after the end of WWII, have always been and still am deeply grateful for those American soldiers – and those of other allied countries – that allowed me to grow up free of tyranny. God bless them!
Best regards, and a happy 4th of July,
Pit, it is so nice to still hear from others how grateful they are for the american soldiers. Independence Day is so important to our country…even though some have forgotten.
It is always a treat to see you here to visit.
I for one will be forever grateful….
Inspiring images! I’ve been listening to NPR this morning and hearing the Declaration of Independence read aloud really brings home what our forefathers did for us! http://www.npr.org/2013/07/04/197722022/the-declaration-what-does-independence-mean-to-you
Outstanding!! Wish I had had the talent to do something like this.
Congratulations, a day worth remembering – independence isn’t for free, therefor we must remember those who offered the most valued they have for it (their lives)- enjoy the day – very well captured photos… 🙂
Yes, a reminder of how much sacrifice has gone on and still is taking place for freedom .
Enjoy your day however you are celebrating Laurie x
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What a beautiful post!
happy 4th of July!!
An extremely moving tribute.
Always be thankful for your independence. Very touching post, thank you so much for sharing this, as it got me crying. Have I told you lately that I love you too! 🙂
Aaaah, thank you sweetie…love is mutual.
What a lovely post! The photos and the words speak right to my heart…
awesome tribute, brillliant photos as usual, Laurie, happy 4th
Stunning photo’s and tribute Laurie! Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*
Enjoy and be safe my friend!
Thank you for bringing us back to the importance BEHIND all the hooplaw! Any wartime memorial, big or small, levels me to tears. Seeing all those names listed in single file makes the magnitude of their sacrifice (ESPECIALLY including those they left behind) so large in my mind. It’s overwhelming. Those boots and the card. #Sobbing
Very nice post Laurie. The holiday isn’t about beer and parties as so many believe today.
Amazing photos! A wonderful tribute! x
Wonderful photos, Laurie. Happy Independence Day to you and yours. Every 4th of July, I wish I was an American. 😀
Very interesting to see your photos. God bless you too, happy independence day!
Very, very nice blog, Laurie!! Love the pictures! Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Beautiful post Laurie – thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and photographs. It’s a reminder that matters.
Wonderful photos and thoughts, Laurie.
I wish you and your family a very Happy 4th of July.
there’s something about those combat boots and the flowers that makes me want to cry. this is a wonderful tribute. and Happy Independence Day early! 🙂
Very sobering photos and thoughts, Laurie. Thank you for sharing such an important place
What an awesome tribute to our nation’s independence! God bless America.
I like the little story about the card and please have a great 4th of July!
I am so glad you liked the story, it was amazing to experience it. You too have a wonderful Independence Day.
What a lovely way to honour your Day of Independence. May you and your loved ones have a wonderful day of fellowship and celebration.
Anyone who has someone serving or has lost someone in the Armed Services can appreciate such a special place to remember. The red stone is striking. Now, if everyone would take just a moment and remember what this holiday really is about. Have a safe holiday.