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Jul 4, 2006

Dear Friends,


I never thought much about the 4th of July growing up, except what cool fireworks I can get and whether or not they had my friendship pagoda. But, after marrying Cesar and enduring his service in Iraq.....well I appreciate in a much different way. We celebrate America's Birthday, because we celebrate our seperation from other governments and we celebrate our freedom that people died for to pave our way......now I won't get into all that, because everyone has different views and my momma always taught me that religion and politics are discussions we just don't have.
But, no matter what your view point is.....I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.....full of happiness, good food, laughter and friends......may you enjoy your fireworks and your celebration of freedom in your own way and know that you have a friend in McAllen, Texas thinking of you on this day.
Love,
Yvonne
A lil 4th of July History that I researched and found this article:
What Does July 4th Really Mean?
Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent
America
. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes this year while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!
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