Every year, stores are filled with red, white and blue decorations, that will be hidden away by July 10th. Everyone dons their patriotic clothes and fills the coolers with beer. I am not saying that their is anything wrong with this, but sometimes when we are so consumed with our time off and relaxation, we forget the reason why we celebrate.
One common celebration that everyone has adopted is that this is another Veteran's Day. It isn't actually. I personally believe that veteran's should be celebrated everyday, but their official holiday is November 11. Memorial Day is for those who died in the line of duty. The 4th of July is where we celebrate our freedom from and independence after the Revolutionary War.
In college, the Revolutionary War was my absolute favorite period of history. I loved reading about the heroes, the battles, and the establishment of the government. The passion that these men poured into the creation of this country were immeasurable. When I look at these soldiers/legislators/writers/activists, they make me feel sad about our own politicians. No one knows the sacrifice that these men faced. They fought for a nation that they could never even imagine. They left their wives and children to do something honorable with little to no payment.
I am proud to live in this country and I am proud that we have soldiers willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. One day, I will be more proud when our legislators and other office holders are just as proud of this country as the soldiers and the founding fathers who made it the way it is.