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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Destination FREEDOM!


The voice of America resounded in jubilation after the signing of The Declaration of Independence!

July 8, 1776, The Liberty Bell: A Symbol of Freedom

Liberty continues to herald freedom in honor of all who have sacrificed, are sacrificing today, or will sacrifice in the future for America.

Concluding Thoughts…

What is it about our flag
Old Glory, Red, White, and Blue
That symbolizes freedom
In a country, tried and true?

From then…

It was July fourth and democracy was born
America became the land of the free
Battles won solidified the home of the brave

Thousands of lives, both young and old
Will long be remembered and revered
As they lie silent in the grave

But silence is not what was heard
Throughout this nation and the world
It was a bell chiming that roared

The lasting rights and freedoms
Valued by people the world over
Throughout America soared

'Til now…

For us, gratitude resounds with tremendous joy
As family and friends gather around
Paying homage to all who sacrificed and died

From the shores of Normandy
To America’s Liberty Bell Center
Freedom rings with immense pride

Let us never forget…

Each year as flag after flag is raised and praised
Oh say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and home of the brave!

©2012 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

America Fought, America WON!

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
—Edmund Burke (1729–1797)


  1. Sharla, Thank you for this wonderful tribute to our nation and to those who serve. I especially liked the scripture that you included, and the quotes from our founding fathers and leaders after that. God bless the USA! USA, bless God! Deirdre (www.deirdretolhurst.blogspot.com)

    1. I truly appreciate your visit, especially the comments. Did you click the beginning link in the post? It takes you to music and pictures from Rhythm on the Rock! Great site!

  2. Sharla, words can't aptly describe this beautiful tribute to our country's celebration of freedom--fought for so hard with so many lives lost. Yet this tribute is upbeat, making the fight worth the price. I love the quotes from historical figures as well as the biblical ones. Posting this today was both an act of patriotism and love. May we never get so apathethic that we lose this hard fought for freedom.

    1. It is truly ironic you made the last comment. I made a similar comment to my husband today. Granted we live in a very small town but I was heart broken, really appalled, that I counted only three American flags along main street. I fear the day will come when that liberty may no longer be ours! I hope I am wrong. May God continue to bless America!

  3. A lovely tribute. Thank you so much for today's post. I enjoyed each and every video.

    1. Great, Sandy. Glad you enjoyed each one and hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July!

  4. Thanks for the post. I was traveling from Seattle, WA to Albany, NY this 4th of July so couldn't celebrate. This post made up for it. ~ Peggy

    1. WOW! What a trip! Glad you are back home safely! Always minimal travel for us on the 4th of July. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  5. Beautiful post, Sharla, and may we continue to support the values our founders deemed so important!

    1. If we don't, I fear America will no longer be the America as we grew up to know it!

  6. Sharla thank you for crossing over the biblical and political sort of speak with honoring those that serve and died for our freedom. I am a loyal RED, White and Blue American who desparately loves her country. I get mad at it, cuss it, love it and talk about it-all adding up to Freedom!

    Thank you so much for the dramatiszation through photos.

    God Bless The USA!

    1. Mamie, I truly appreciate your comments. I love America and everything she stands for: faith, honor, courage and freedom, just to name a few.