Updated: Mar 10, 2019
We are celebrating the freedom of our country from an oppressor that was much bigger and more militarized than we were. They had their own Navy, a much greater number of troops, money to support a war and we didn't. What we had was the will and the desire to be free. That desire has never left us. We are so determined to remain free that we fight many countries' battles for them to keep them free. We fight each other to keep our Constitution intact, to protect our rights to bear arms, free speech, practice our religion, protect our homes, and so on. This holiday is about being glad we have our country and the rights that go along with it. Today, we should be glad we have our families, our neighbors, friends and that we can still vote, speak our minds in public, complain about those in charge without fear of reprisal and pray to our God (oh, wait, some of those are kind of being lost at the moment!) We are still the free-est country on this earth! We should celebrate that! Being a Republic is not an easy thing to keep. Did you know, for instance, that the average life of a Republic form of government is about 200 years before it becomes an Oligarchy because eventually the Nanny State is allowed to take over? We have surpassed that, but look at the shape we are in. The Liberals have totally lost sight of what we represent! Fortunately, we have many, many more that remember, practice and defend our rights to be free and are willing to work to keep it. Just a little history to go with this celebration....
The Gasden flag was presented to Congress in 1775 and was the first naval flag used by sea-going soldiers eventually called the Marines. #Heroes It first saw combat in 1776. ( More info on Historical Flags of Our Ancestors) Now we use it to defend our beliefs from people that think our Republic is an Oligarchy inside our own borders. The fight for independence encompassed several flags, but the ones we most recognize are the Gasden and the one representing the 13 colonies.
Betsy Ross was commissioned to make this flag. It had 13 stars and 13 stripes. The only thing that has changed is that now we have 50 stars. I am going to give you some links to a few patriotic items like the Star Spangled Banner with all the verses at the end of this post and the story of how it came to be. Read them and think about them as you reflect on this time of celebration. In the meantime, have fun with your celebration! Enjoy your cookouts and swimming parties and fireworks! We should really go all out to celebrate our freedoms. No other country has what we do. There are many who want what we have, but that is a story for another article. Please check out these links. Patriotic things you should know Our Flag Must Remain Flying at all Costs Y'all have an awesome party just because you can. It's your right! ❤