Proud to Be an American

During the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Australia, Canada, countries in Europe, and throughout the United States of America. On each trip, I noticed the flags that were flying in these countries, and I wondered if the citizens of each of these countries were as proud of their flag and their country as I was. I guess it was more of an assumption. Surely everyone feels about their beloved country as I do about mine, but I wondered nonetheless. I’ll come back to that thought in a minute…

Yesterday Sterling and I celebrated America’s independence in Kanab (my favorite place to celebrate the 4th!) with family and friends.

 All of our girls and their families were celebrating with their in-laws, so Sterling and I joined some of my parents and siblings and their families for the holiday festivities—a simple parade in the morning, complete with candy tossed from the floats and children scrambling to gather their fair share, to a community Dutch oven dinner in the evening at the city park along with musical entertainment while we waited for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin.

Usually we spend the afternoon at the park, wandering from booth to booth, where vendors sell their wares, but this year, because we didn’t have grandchildren to entertain (or to be entertained by!), we decided to take a little nap (and catch up on some work) instead of sitting in the hot sun. It was relaxing and delightful!

The highlight of the entire day was when the lights at the park went black and there was an instant where the only light was the spotlight that shown on the flag. In that brief moment, my eyes welled with tears and I felt such an enormous amount of gratitude for the many who have served my country and those who have made it possible for me to enjoy the freedoms I hold so dear!

Even during the fireworks, with the beautiful red cliffs as a booming backdrop to the brilliant art in the sky, our beautiful red, white, and blue flag was the focus of my attention as it swayed gently in the breeze. It was a majestic sight! So if you’re wondering about me like I wondered about you during my many recent trips, I’ll say it loud and clear. I’m proud to be an American!!   

May God bless America and may He bless us all to be loyal to our country and to the values we hold dear!

Happy 4th!