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The Chains of Freedom

As I was traveling down route 7 towards Marietta, Ohio, I noticed a business that positioned a crane on a hill facing the 4 lane road.  At the top of the crane, was a flag for all to see, suspended some 100 feet in the air from a chain that was attached to the underside of the crane basket.  After giving this some thought, it dawned on me how ironic this flag was, being attached to a chain for the support of the American flag.  As I passed by, I knew I had to turn around and capture this moment and these thoughts right then and there.
This flag and chain pole reminded me of how we are all bound together like a chain, as Americans for the pursuit and belief of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty, and justice for all. Whenever tragedy hits, we link together in support of one another and our troops leave home,  joining forces to defend our borders.  Although we are the great melting pot, it is because of our differences that make us strong. We are supported by the military of this great country, who represent each and every one of us out of their own free will, fighting for us every day, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms and liberties of what makes up our individual lives.
No matter if we agree or disagree with the wars that are being fought, or whether we agree or disagree over our governments decisions, we are still free to make our lives whatever we so choose, and hopefully reap the benefits for generations to come by our personal and team efforts.  We have the choice of right and wrong, to give back to others, from what we strive to attain, whether it be monetary, teaching others, personal aspirations or just by lending others a hand.  We get to become better people to freely make a difference.   We are free to learn, love, believe in any religion, pray to the God of our choice, raise families, work, and earn, because someone else is fighting for our freedoms, literally giving up their own lives for us.
This country has been through a lot these past years, getting hit at home, going to war, and bad economic downturns. But we strive on, never giving up, believing in ourselves and helping one another.
On this 4th of July celebration, no matter what you may be doing, take some time to think of, and perhaps thank or give your support to those who are off defending our democracy so we may remain free.  If you see our men and women in uniform, give them a salute or handshake to thank them for their efforts, after all it is usually they, who end up thanking us first because we are too busy being free….
So remember while you may be riding this…

Photo Courtesy of Terry, Marietta, Ohio

They are riding this…
While you may be sleeping in something like this…
They are sleeping in this…
And while we get to enjoy this…
They have to eat like this…
While we celebrate with shooting fireworks…
They are shooting deadly missiles…
And as we celebrate…
We also remember.
For those who are honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice…
Let us all remember to pray for peace, and honor together…

Video courtesy of Lizzie Palmer.
Have a safe and memorable 4th of July as we celebrate our liberty…
In closing, it’s unfortunate we cannot find a way to replace bullets with something else like flowers, after all we end up placing flowers on the graves after the deed is done.  Perhaps if we gave them beforehand, lives could be spared.  If we could extend these chains of freedom in support of life around the world and join forces as a whole, we wouldn’t have to lift up arms ever again.  It is truly amazing, God gives life, and we take it away.
God Bless Our Troops, and May God Bless the world in which America is a part of.
Stop into your local Woodcraft store, and Turn-A-Pen for Troops today!
auf Wiedersehen…Frank
 
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    MB, July 4, 2011
    Along with allowing belief in the god of our choice, I hope you will also allow doubt than any deity exists - not atheism, because it's impossible to prove the nonexistence of any unseen entity, just agnosticism - nonbelief without declaring with certainty that there is no god. These go beyond the "religious freedom" of neighboring Maryland's founder Lord Baltimore, who, if I remember my history correctly, actually only wanted to allow any form of worship of the Christian God in his new state. Reply

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