By: Shanna | July 04, 2016

July 4th isn't just a day off work or a day to watch fireworks....

Yes, I'm one of those people that got off work today for the holiday. I'm also one of those that love to watch fireworks or go to someone's cookout. I love celebrating holidays... but does everyone remember WHY we celebrate each of the holidays that we have? It's not about presents at Christmas and it's not about cookouts on Labor Day. Today is a good reminder of the history of our country. It's a good reminder that freedom isn't free. We have so many freedoms that us as Americans take advantage of every single day. There are people around the world that would give ANYTHING to come to America. Are we perfect? Absolutely not. In a lot of ways, we're not even excelling at things we once were #1 (in the entire world) at anymore. Other countries have slowly followed in our footsteps and rose to become some of the best places in the world. Still, today is a good reminder that there were many people that fought for this country and even died for this country long before any of us on this Earth today were even thought of... They fought, and some even lost their lives, in order to have the freedoms that we have now. The past is bound to be repeated if not learned from... so as we celebrate with hot dogs and watermelon - we should always REMEMBER the REASON we're celebrating and continue to teach the younger generations the history of this great country so that maybe they will teach their own children one day!  

" Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave..... o'er the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE! "