Honor our coun­try

The Covington News - - Opinion -

My God! How lit­tle do my coun­try­men know what pre­cious bless­ings they are in pos­ses­sion of, and which no other peo­ple on earth en­joy!

~ Thomas Jef­fer­son

It’s al­most ironic that the fire­works sched­uled for the Fourth of July, our coun­try’s 237th birth­day, have been resched­uled in Cov­ing­ton and Por­terdale for this week­end be­cause of the weather. Af­ter all, we’ve been un­der a dark cloud for the past year as our coun­try has been rocked by scan­dal af­ter scan­dal.

But de­spite those scan­dals and the many scan­dals of years past that would have torn asun­der other coun­tries, we en­dure. We have a be­lief sys­tem built on de­ter­mi­na­tion, hard work and the strong­est sense of freedom that ever has ex­isted in the world, any­where at any time.

There is ar­ro­gance in be­ing an Amer­i­can; most of the world will gladly tell you that is so. It is de­served and has been won and pre­served by the deaths of thou­sands of brave men and women, who were will­ing to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing for that ar­ro­gance.

Their blood of sac­ri­fice runs strong through this land of ours. The pu­rity of our be­liefs, al­though tempted and chal­lenged by men of ill will, has stayed the course and is proven by the white on our flag. The blue on the flag rep­re­sents per­se­ver­ance, as our his­tory has proven over and over again that Amer­i­cans never give up.

Some­times it seems like our great Repub­lic is on the brink of a big fall. It will take that fall if on this birth­day, we for­get the sac­ri­fice that has brought us to this day and time.

We can­not ac­cept that this will hap­pen. Amer­ica is only as strong as its peo­ple.

We be­lieve that its peo­ple will sound out a mighty trum­pet blast of con­tin­ued freedom and that Amer­ica, our home­land, will con­tinue to cel­e­brate its next 237 years of lib­erty and per­se­ver­ance.

We wish you the joys of cel­e­brat­ing the ben­e­fits of our coun­try’s birth­day. We hope you and your fam­ily never for­get why we en­joy such a cel­e­bra­tion.

We also might sug­gest that on the Fourth, you watch “Capi­tol Fourth,’’ to air on PBS.

It’s guar­an­teed to stir your pa­tri­otic soul.

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