Happy 4th of July. We are the first country, that I know of, to celebrate our independence. It is sometimes a hard concept for foreigners to understand. I had a German friend visit me in the States over one 4th, and she could not wrap her head around the whole idea. Then again, she didn’t get the French celebration of the storming of the Bastille either.
The celebration of our independence is very personal for me. I am a direct descendant of General Daniel Brodhead and Colonel Daniel Brodhead (his son) who fought in the Revolutionary War, as well as numerous Carpenter and Ostrander ancestors. Including a woman, Grace Carpenter. She was not a soldier. She used her home as a hospital. As the story goes, after one battle they ran out of fire wood, and when none of the men would go out for fear of being killed or captured by the enemy, she went. She was described as a woman of great physical and mental energy.
This is the one day where, despite our political differences, or how and when we arrived in the United States, we should stand together to remember and celebrate the brave men and women who risked their lives and property in a multitude of ways from fighting, to giving aid, to begging foreign countries for the money to support our efforts, and signing their names on a document that could have seen them executed for treason if we’d lost.
Happy 4th of July!!