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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th!

There are many ways to celebrate today.

Many of the blogs I read celebrated by posting the text of the Declaration of Independence. Here is a good copy, courtesy of Black Five.

Many people will, as the Simpsons put it, "Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it." People in my neighborhood have been doing so for several days now.

PBS is showing "A Capital Fourth." This year's description, from TV Tracker, "A musical celebration of the nation's birthday features a birthday tribute to Elmo and performances by Vanessa Williams and Jo Dee Messina; hosted by Jason Alexander."

Yip.

E.

Others will simply ignore it and go on about their lives as though nothing ever happened.

ES1 is on 24 hour call down at the hospital right now. I, as I do every year, re-watched "The Patriot." Fictionalized though it is, it fairly accurately depicts the sacrifices made in the war for independence. For a bit of historical perspective, I highly recommend this piece by the father of a certain controversial radio talk show host. It helps to put in perspective what sacrifice really means.

In the end, today is a day to celebrate. It is also a day to remember.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Kristen said...

"A musical celebration of the nation's birthday features a birthday tribute to Elmo and performances by Vanessa Williams and Jo Dee Messina; hosted by Jason Alexander."

We skipped that, in favor of the earlier "Airmen of Note" concert at the Air & Space museum -- very nice, indeed -- and then watched the fireworks go off behind the Washington Monument. (We'd planned on going all the way to Lincoln, but were exhausted and figured the stairs would already be packed. Maybe next year -- care to join us? s:) )

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

We sat at our large dinner table in Ireland (16 of us) and sang a Guinness inspired "Star Spangled Banner".

What a memory!

1:55 AM  

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