Title: Thankful for America, today and every day
Blog Entry: The following is an update to a blog I wrote a few years ago:  They were a ragtag band of soldiers.  Ordinary citizens with extraordinary dreams.  Farmers, merchants, private citizens who left  hearth and home to fight for liberty.  They answered the call when it was needed the most.  Freedom from tyranny was the loudest call and the  only one they needed. The patriots we know; Thomas  Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin &  George Washington are all due a world of  recognition and gratitude but the ones we'll  never know deserve it just as much. They  left their jobs, their farms and homes, but most of all  left their families, many never to return again.  They fought the good fight, froze, bled and starved.  They faced privation we can only imagine.  To them we owe a debt we can never repay. No, America is not perfect. We have our problems and there are those who will cry about unfairness and injustice. Tell it to those soldiers who crossed The Delaware on a freezing Christmas Eve. Tell it to the soldiers who wintered at Valley Forge in 1777. Tell it to the soldiers who pulled boots off their dead comrades feet so they could continue marching in the snow. Their sacrifices will never be in vain. Thank you to all, past and present who have served in our country's armed forces. The price of democracy, of freedom itself was paid with your blood. The following lyrics state it much better than I ever could: Oh, beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life! Oh, beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. Lyrics: Katherine Lee Bates, 1859–1929 Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1848–1903 [img][/img]