For some people Independence Day reminds them of the family member or friend they lost in the name of war and freedom. Independence Day is not a merry-making holiday for them. It's not a day to kick up one's feet and drink beer with friends. Rather the day reminds them of days gone by and what once was.
Colorful, loud, light displays in the sky are not welcome. They do not represent fun, frivolity and freedom. Rather they remind these individuals of the sounds of war. The loud, obnoxious noises are reminiscent of a war-torn country with guns and bombs going off in different directions.
This especially rings true today as Iraq is in a state of turmoil. After all America has done to "help" that country "get on their feet", it seems like our efforts were in vain and the country is slowly reverting back to its former ways of living. And now we ask ourselves if the men and women who sacrificed their lives in Iraq died in vain. It's a sobering question to say the least.
So as you go about your fun and merriment this weekend, take a few minutes to stop, reflect and celebrate life. Don't just wave a little flag with the stars and stripes or put on your holiday garb, but really take some time to reflect on the cost of freedom. We get to live the lives we live because others have given their lives in the name of freedom. Thank God for the LIFE you have. And thank YOU to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.