As Americans we enjoy freedoms that millions of people the world over are not privy to. And we can think, say and do what we feel and believe at just about the turn of every corner. Social media has given us another avenue to express concerns, opinions and wishes that we didn’t have a decade ago.
The gift that holidays such as 4th of July give us is the opportunity to pause and remember that the USA we live in wouldn’t be what it is today without the sacrifice, commitment and deep faith in the goodness of mankind of our forefathers. For many of us authors, it was only a generation ago, our parents who fought and suffered through WWII. Today, there is an entire genre if fiction, “Alternative History” that addresses the “what if…the US had lost WWII”. The very idea brings me to a halt. Think of the other “what if’s” of our nation’s history. What if the American Revolution had gone the other way? Would we still be a colony? Would our lives be better or worse? Who would our heroes be then?
It is not just our soldiers who fight to protect us, but the every day heroes. Our police men and women who work shifts around the clock both boring hours and pulse-pounding moments under-fire to keep us safe. The firefighters who courageously battle chemical, residential, business and warehouse fires that threaten us. Today, the threat of forest fires and brush fires is greater than ever before. Due to the expansion of home building onto lands that were formerly forests, fires rage close to homes. The invasion of aggressive and foreign insects that devour and cause diseases in our nation’s trees and shrubs is ever increasing to the point that in the future, forest fires that eat acres of land for weeks, even month will become more prevalent.
In my forthcoming book, RESCUED BY A FIREFIGHTER, in November, I address these issues that smoke jumpers face in our nation’s forests. These men and women risk injury and their lives the second they jump from a plane.
This 4th of July, please take a moment to think about those police, prison guards, firefighters, soldiers, security guards, the internet IT gatekeepers squelching foreign invasion into your laptop, and the hundreds of job descriptions of those whose contribution allow us to keep smiles on our faces as we watch the 4th of July parades, pack a picnic lunch, barbeque and watch fireworks explode in the sky. We thank God for the miracle of living in a free country.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. So true, in many ways, but what’s also true is that we all want our children to grow up in a free and safe environment. It that same light, so many lost their lives in the fight for our independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 wouldn’t have happened without their sacrifice. One year later, 13 gun salutes, parades, prayers, bonfires and fireworks started traditions we still embrace for our July 4th celebrations. But to keep out nation safe and protect our freedoms, it takes the ongoing sacrifice of all divisions of our military, here at home and abroad, and…as Catherine said…that includes all our heroes here at home, from firefighters, law enforcement, cyber security experts (something our founding fathers couldn’t have imagined!) and more. In this day and age, our independence, safety and security…and our children’s futures…are strongly linked to environmental factors too. With all the sacrifice and lives given to achieving and maintaining our independence, this beautiful land should be treated with care and reverence.
In my upcoming book, THE MARINE’S RETURN (January 2019), sacrifice in the name of our nation is at the forefront when a young, severely wounded marine struggles to embrace life again and let love in. It takes one headstrong heroine to get through to him, but themes of wildlife and nature factor in strongly as well.
This nation is our home. It’s our habitat. Our future. We may celebrate our independence on a single day, but let’s honor, respect and never forget the keepers of it…past, present and future.
God bless you all,
Rula and Catherine