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Thursday is July 4th and we celebrate “the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 (actually occurred on July 2), when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule.” Continuing from Wikipedia, “Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.”

So, we celebrate.

Also a time when we think of the price paid for our freedom, the loss of life fighting to maintain it.

Ever read the book, “The Heart of a Man” edited by Marilyn R. Elkins? Lt. Frank C. Elkins, a graduate of Bladenboro High School, died in the Vietnam War in 1966. He kept a diary and the book is the edited version of his time in the war as a Navy pilot. Good reading.

Fireworks at White Lake about 9 p.m. Thursday.

“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.” Brigham Young

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Independence is happiness.” Susan B. Anthony

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