Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy Birthday USA!

The burgers and hot dogs are on the grill and smelling great! Families and friends are getting together. The community pool is a hopping place. Parades are marching down Main Street in countless communities across this great land. Old Glory can be seen just about everywhere you look; and all over fireworks are screaming through the air with loud bursts, sending out their glorious reports.

Happy Birthday, America!

233 years ago, our Founding Fathers started upon a course of history, that until then was pretty much unknown and unheard of. That a colony should dissolve the bonds that held it to the stem of its parent country was certainly not the norm; or the accepted practice of the day.

But in a skiff made of parchment paper, they embarked on a perilous journey that would end years later with those 13 (more or less) united colonies recognized as a new nation - the United States of America.

Many of the ideals of those brave and courageous men and women still hold forth today. Hard work, self reliance and a belief in your neighbor and faith in the Almighty can take you just as long a way today as 233 years ago.

My best wishes that you all have a safe, wonderful and glorious 4th!

73 de Larry W2LJ

PS: Pssst! On a radio note - don't forget that tomorrow night is the Michigan QRP Club's annual July 4th CW Sprint! Here's the link.

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