32850 US-43 STE B, THOMASVILLE, AL 36784 844-229-8936 GOLDENTAXRELIEF.COM G o l d e n G a z e t t e JULY 2018 The Ways We Celebrate THE RED WHITE AND BLUE
This month, we celebrate our independence and the Founding Fathers’ vision for a nation defined by liberty and equality. The earnest conviction of those men in 1776 has been carried forward by the bravery of generations of men and women who boldly stood up to defend the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness throughout our nation’s 242-year history. It is because of their sacrifices that our nation is the great melting pot of cultures, ideas, and aspirations it is today. When I was a kid growing up on the farm, we celebrated the Fourth of July with an annual church cookout. Every family would bring their dish and enjoy the warm weather. Some of the other kids and I used to submerge watermelons to chill in the creek that ran through the church grounds. To this day, when I think of the Fourth of July, I can almost taste ice-cold melon. As I’ve mentioned in my Mother’s Day article, my wife comes from a military family. Both of her parents served in the Navy, and she served in the Air Force, so we take patriotism very seriously. We love getting together with our relatives and honoring the service members who protect our freedoms today. And thanks
to those freedoms, we can have a great time showing our gratitude.
When we celebrated our first Fourth of July potluck in California, thousands of miles away from the people I had grown up celebrating with, it was incredibly moving to be spending the holiday in much the same way I had as a child in Alabama. That’s what real unity looks like.
These days, we like to spend the Fourth in Florida. We get the whole family together and go down to the marina to watch the fireworks over the water. I love seeing the smiles on my kids’
“I love seeing the smiles on my kids’ faces and knowing they’re creating Independence Day memories of their own.”
faces and knowing they’re creating Independence Day memories of their own. I know that wherever they go in this great big world, they’ll always remember watching the bursts of red, white, and blue from the dockside. That’s the beautiful thing about the holiday; folks from coast to coast have similar memories and traditions. I learned just how powerful the Fourth could be for bringing people together when I moved with my wife to California. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, my wife was stationed at an airbase outside of San Francisco. Neither of us had any relatives that far out west, but we did have our church family.
I’m sure you and yours have a favorite way to spend Independence Day. I’d be honored to hear about it. Feel free to send me an email. Bonus points if you include a barbecue recipe I haven’t heard of. To all current and former members of our military at home or abroad, thank you for your service.
God bless America,
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