I love Fourth of July celebrations in our country and have enjoyed some very happy times with fellow Americans who understand the importance and uniqueness of Independence Day.
I grew up celebrating Canada Day, and it was a fun-filled day with lots of food, friends and fireworks, but I didn’t really understand the differences until I was part of a Fourth of July celebration in a small college town in North Dakota. The people who talked about freedom in the United States of America described it with a sense of reverence and respect borne out of a struggle.
The blood-stained hands of forefathers who fought and died for independence from a crown are stories that fill me with a sense of pride and accomplishment for being welcomed into such a proud nation. My forefathers supported the crown, and independence was gained by the pen-stroke of a prime minister in the 1980s.
Regardless, freedom is a word that each of us can be in support of as a nation of citizens who desire the right to self-determine our future as much as possible. I’m passionate about students knowing that being endowed by our creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a uniquely American creed.
Freedom costs people their lives, and implicit in the idea of freedom is that we are not always going to agree. Many of the decisions made by our Supreme Court this past week will get two very “freedom-minded” individuals operationally defining the arguments differently and coming to some very different conclusions about what is right and wrong.
But what amazes me the most is that on a day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate an idea, we all can agree that there is a reason so many people like me have flocked to this most amazing country.
Thanks, America, for all that you represent!