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Fourths of July: Past and Present

This week there will be get-togethers both big and small as friends and families spend time together celebrating Independence Day. Some of you will go to the lake, if you aren't already there, some will go to 4th of July picnics, some will barbecue in your own backyard. But most everyone in Region 8 will use this time to celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As a child, I couldn't wait until the Fourth of July. Now, my folks weren't lake people. You could always find us at the picnic grounds in Piggott or Marmaduke, Mom and Dad were the kind that liked to visit and catch up with folks while I was out riding rides and terrorizing folks around the park. We would usually go home mid afternoon, Dad would fire up the grill and make home made ice cream. Then we would have folks over to watch as we delivered a pyrotechnic display that would rival Disney World.

It was that Norman Rockwell, picture perfect, Fourth of July. At least that's how I remember it. Times were good then...

As I look out on this Independence Day, I no longer see it through the eyes of a child. I worry about my little girl and the fireworks. I worry about folks who celebrate too much and put the rest of us at risk when they get behind the wheel, but most of all I find myself worrying about the men and women who will spend this holiday in a foreign land, in the middle of a most difficult war, fighting for the very freedoms that the rest of us will be enjoying.

Regardless of your thoughts and feelings about this war, please say a prayer this Independence Day for those folks on the front lines fighting for your very right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you have a loved one who is fighting that good fight, God bless you and your families. We all hope for their safe return.

For the rest of us, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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