Independence Day...

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Mortgage and Lending with Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership NMLS 365858

Growing up as a military dependent, I spent the first 10 years of my life celebrating Independence Day on foreign soil.  As a kid, I never recall calling it Independence Day.  To me, it was just the 4th of July.  It meant going to a barbecue, swimming at the pool, and watching fireworks light up the sky with a rainbow of colors that rivaled that big box of 64 worn out crayons my sister touted with her.  Normally, she'd be fast asleep before the fireworks display, but the thunderous claps would always jostle her from my fathers arms, allowing her to share in the airborne spectacle that lit up the night sky for miles and miles.

June 20, 1987 was when we came to the United States and eventually made it our home.  No more military moves, although my dad spent 1 more year abroad before retiring.  Tomorrow marks the 21st 4th of July I have witnessed on American Soil.  As you get older, I realize the sense of what it means rings truer as each year passes.  Over 200 years ago this country was fighting to be free.  Free from tyranny, religious intolerance, and a cornucopia of other hardships that made life intolerable in "the old country".  Americans wanted their freedom, to be unchained from the bonds that England had on the them.  They won, and now, one of the youngest countries in existence, we are the nation that everyone comes to.  The UN is here.  Corporate headquarters for foreign companies are here.  Even today, thousands of people flood the United States seeking refuge and a new life here, something they could never find back in their homeland. 

Today, across this great expanse we call Earth, millions of people have no food to eat, place to sleep, and wars and droughts destroy their homes and farmland.  Our country, which was once being bullied, now helps those that are in need.  Are there certain things that our Government does that we may not agree with?  Are certain things questionable or hard to swallow?  Sure.  But would you rather call any other place home?  God bless you on the Fourth of July.  Enjoy the hot dogs and lemonade, bottle rockets and roman candles, three day weekends and spending time with the family.  But remember that we are the lucky ones and while we may be free to do what we want, others are out there, wondering what freedom truly tastes like.

Comments (4)

Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Happy 4th of July....God has blessed us with a great country and great servicemen and women who have defended our freedoms.

Jul 03, 2008 04:14 AM
James Jeter
Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership - Carrollton, TX
James Jeter

Amen Larry!  Have a safe and happy 4th yourself!

Jul 03, 2008 04:27 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA
SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP

James,

We have so much to be thankful for.....and grateful as well.....we need to reflect and know we must share our good fortune with those who need it the most...

Jul 03, 2008 04:43 AM
James Jeter
Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership - Carrollton, TX
James Jeter

Dan - You are absolutely right.  I've been abroad several times to Asia and Sout America, and realize that even on my worst days, it's better than a good majority of the people out there.  Pay it forward!

Jul 03, 2008 04:57 AM