Happy Birthday, America!

flag statue of libertyI hope everyone is having a fun Independence Day.  I, for one, am forever grateful that my two grandfathers made the trip in their respective ships and landed at Ellis Island, thus giving their descendants the wonderful gift of living in the land of freedom and opportunity. 

When I am abroad, I describe America as a place where all races and nationalities come together under one constitution, a place where we strive to live up to our ideals of justice and liberty, and give everybody a chance to succeed through hard work.  

She is not perfect, but for today, I want to say, “Thank you, America.”  I have posted some patriotic videos for your enjoyment.

 I am grilling up fajitas, venison, chicken, sausage and some weenies (for the kiddies) later tonight, but just had to take the time to post some patriotic video clips, especially for you readers who find yourselves outside the country today.  Enjoy…


Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Battle Hymn of the Republic


I am an American

Ray Charles – America the Beautiful

Lee Greenwood – God Bless the USA


In Great Britain, two days after September 11, in a break with the long-standing usual procedures at Buckingham Palace, the Queen ordered the Changing of the Guard to be paused for a two-minute silence, followed by the playing of the American national anthem. This video still brings tears to my eyes.

Hey, how about some FIREWORKS?  These are from Disney MGM Studios


2 Responses to Happy Birthday, America!

  1. Gregg says:

    Rhode Island- rich in revolutionary history is a great place to celebrate the 4th. They read the Constitution from the town square in Newport. A tradition that has continued since 1776. How many other places in American can do that?

  2. C. A. Bell says:

    So much to be inspired by related to our wonderful country. You’ve picked some great ones. Thanks Jim. Congrats on the 5 years. MJ and I have enjoyed 44 and still going.

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