July 4th is here and it’s time to celebrate our freedom! As we enjoy our barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, fireworks and especially time with our families, let’s raise our red, white and blue. Let’s remember the sacrifices of others, and those brave men and women who went before us to preserve our freedom.
As a little girl, one of my favorite summer memories was of going with my family to a big Fourth of July celebration held each year near my grandparents’. My uncles helped cook the barbecue all night behind the high school, where they had rides, games, food booths and contests all day. I remember the smell of straw and sawdust mixed with the smell of the cooking barbecue as we walked around with our cousins. My dad and my cousins’ dads brought us, but I don’t remember fear of being separated from them. Of course we checked in with them often, but it was a different era and fear of separation wasn’t prevalent. After a long, hot day, we would cap off the festivities with fireworks and watermelon. It was a much more innocent time, but time with family has always resonated through my heart.