Saturday, July 4, 2009

Holiday: 4th of July!

God Bless America!

Happy Birthday, America!

On this our 233rd birthday, we have much to be thankful for ... freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to bear arms ... these are rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. We have these freedoms because people have given their lives to secure these for all Americans ... no matter our race, creed or ethnic background.

On this day, we celebrated with all our new neighbors ...

in our community we had a lovely parade ... with classic cars, politicians, youth groups, community clubs and vets from WW2, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq all parading past.

Once the parade finished, a barber-shop quartet serenaded us with classic American songs and then sang the Star-spangled Banner while the flag was raised.We then had a pleasant picnic by the lake ... with great hamburgers, hotdogs and of course, the ubiquitous sno-cones! Various clubs and others were on hand with freebies and "suggested donation" games/activities. Bam-bam got a "Junior EMS/Paramedic" bag of goodies from our Volunteer Fire Department.Home for a bit and then back in the evening for a water-ski show organizedby the Lake's water-ski club. These kids are amazing ... ranging in age from 7 to late teens, these girls and boys did great stunts including jumps, criss-crossing each other and a couple of pyramids as the finale.Lego Maniac was enthralled with the whole show and Bam-Bam wants to join the club!

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show over the lake

God bless America ... and thank you to all those who have protected our freedoms for the past 232 years ... may we always be a free democratic republic dedicated to the basic human rights for ALL Americans through all stages of natural life!

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