Wednesday, July 8, 2009

American Pride

I hope everyone had a fun Fourth of July. We really had a quiet one this year minus the kids and their families. I won't cry on anyone's shoulder, but I sure do miss having them for holidays. It's just a fact of life when they live in other states. We did start the weekend with a celebration, Mom T.'s 85th Birthday on Friday. She is amazing, at 85 they still live on their own. She keeps a very neat house, cooks 3 meals a day for them and gets up each morning early to walk while it's still cool. Every week she attends a Quilting Club on Wednesdays, WMU meetings and most Sundays she is able to go to Sunday School and Church services. I hope I am able to do all that she does when and IF I reach 85! I was reading in the paper that the nation's biggest fireworks display was held in New York at the Statue of Liberty. The opening of the crown for the first time since September 11, 2001 was cause for celebration. Millions of spectators watched the 22 TONS of fireworks. Wow! The recession has caused a lot of communities to scale down or cancel their fireworks displays. But you cannot keep Americans from celebrating the pride that we have in our country!

The White House invited hundreds of military families to enjoy volleyball and a picnic of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, ice cream and lemonade. President Obama's daughter Mahlia celebrated her 11th birthday on the Fourth!
Philadelphia held a parade through the Old City neighborhoods for the first time in 18 years.
Boston marked the day with a turnaround of the Navy's oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution followed by a 21 gun Salute.
And on Brooklyn's Coney Island, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest was won Saturday afternoon by Joey Chestnut, who ate a record 68 dogs!

One couple, along with many others climbed the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty's crown on Saturday. It's been nearly 8 years since visitors were allowed. Aaron Weisinger, 26, got down on one knee , pulled out a diamond ring and proposed to his girlfriend Erica Breder. She squeezed her eyes shut as tears rolled down her cheeks, and whispered an immediate YES!


  1. You've been doing lots of research. Those pictures are great. Love the proposal story.

  2. just want to say that i admire your patriotism! i guess it's hard not to being in such an amazing country! the fireworks are gorgeous! yr blog gives me a really warm fuzzy feeling. very nice :)

  3. I love this post. I don't mind you crying on my shoulder's~that's what friends are for. I love the history lesson and your pictures are great. The last one was the best!! That is so cool

  4. Compassion for a good friend, there are a lot of shoulders out here. We watched the Nathan's competition ... the darling engagement was heart lifting love.

    This nation always endures & pulls together for freedom to continue to ring in our celebrations, don't we ... under God.

    Lovely pics.
    TTFN ~Marydon

  5. Joycee--we, too, had a quiet 4th. We put our youngest on a plane to Portugal on the 3rd. He's off on an archeology dig for 7 weeks. We were sad sacks afterwards and just needed to be in the company of each other and feel the quiet and hear the loss.

    I love your post. From a White House picnic for families longing for their loved ones to the longing look of a loved one, your post made me appreciate those treasured moments of nation. Well done!

    Oh, and I FINALLY "accepted" the lovely award you gave me. Thank you again for honoring me! Sheesh, it took me long enough.



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