The Fourth of July and Us

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Once again we celebrate the 4th of July. Amidst all the cautionary news broadcasted in the media; we continue to feel safe with our traditional backyard family events and at the parks. The 4th is about our hard earned freedom and we are so lucky to be in the birthplace of America: Philadelphia because it is here where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

When I visited Carpenters’ Hall some years back, I was in awe at the bravery and the resolve of those people who removed themselves for the clutches of their King. The declarataion that they signed was actually a death warrant for themselves! Those early Americans, submitting themselves unto their Constitution and to God, knew the task of nation-building lie ahead of them: and there was a lot of work to do.

Fast forward to what we are today, our nation had faced a lot of challenges that at times there were events that make us feel we were bursting at the seams.  We are a multi-cultural society and despite the agitation of some to convince us with their agenda, we continue to be a freedom loving people: squabbling over issues of religion, faith, persuasion, and social concerns; yet we are acknowledging the fact the we are all Americans.

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Culturally diverse: Of the four million children born in the year to July 2011, 50.4 per cent were ethnic minorities, Black, Asian, mixed-race and, above all: Hispanic. (A Google Photo by Getty Images)

We continue to love our country. Majority of us are proud of our government. We magnify our institutions that have defined who we are.  Despite setbacks, for some the latest decision of the SCOTUS still resonate the fact that as the Constitution provides: “we the people” have spoken. There will be a continuing debate over this but now it is the law of the land.

Our flag is the symbol of our country, of our people, of our aspirations in life.  It is also a symbol of our unity. It flies across the land and in our territories overseas. From childhood our children have recited with us the pledge to the flag.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Let us keep that pledge solemn and be truthful. Let us remember those who fought in the wars and sacrificed their lives for the freedom we now enjoy. This country has been a blessing to us and to our children.

Many of us came to this country only with hopes.  Armed with a professional career and college education, the facility to communicate in English, many of us have realized the American dream.

Our children have continued to universities and colleges. They too have started their own families. They understand the strength of American based on its multi-cultural threads. They saw this played successfully in the campuses they attended. They are the new Americans facing the future. This is us and this is our lives in this great United States.

Enjoy your weekend with family and friends. Keep us posted with what is happening on your end by sending us an email.

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