"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." ~ Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809) "The American Crisis, no. 4, September 12, 1777"
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)
""Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large." ~ George Washington (1732 - 1799) Following His Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
"Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it." ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July with friends and family. May your hot dogs be tasty and your watermelon cold; and may you spend a few minutes reflecting on our blessings of freedom as well as our responsibilities to preserve them.
These pictures were taken at an impromptu fireworks display by my cousin. I hand held the camera and followed the rockets before snapping the shutter, so the quality isn't as good as with a tripod. Still the company was great and the rockets noisy.
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