The Fourth of July has come and gone, and I think the sonic booms from the fireworks knocked my dental filling loose. But besides that, I had a wonderful time, and I started thinking about all the people who provided that wonderful time for us.
See, the Fourth of July is a time when Americans celebrate independence and freedom. But I think it was Ronald Reagan who said that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." That's a frightening fact. If it weren't for our armed forces, our founding fathers, and our upstanding citizens who work hard to make our country what it is, we might not be here.
I'm not very familiar with the military, but my family is. One of my grandfathers served in the Coast Guard; the other was in the army reserve. My great-grandfather was deployed to Japan just as World War II came to an end. He brought home Japanese flags and photographs that we still have, and said that the Japanese were just as happy to see the end of the fighting as we were.
And yet we, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these great heroes, take very little pride in our country. We take our liberty for granted, and I'm guilty of it too. But it's time to stop. Taking pride in America can be as simple as thanking a Veteran, or flying the flag, or wearing red, white, and blue to the grocery store.
Because it's true, and freedom is always one generation away from extinction. Prayer is already kicked out of most public schools. And here in Texas, most people agree that we don't need gun control--we need idiot control. We can be the generation who stops this.
Alynn and Lukas love St. Anne's Monastery; therefore, they are willing to fight for it, even if it means risking their lives. What are we willing to do for America? Buy red, white, and blue cupcakes for Independence Day? It can be as simple as a prayer or an afternoon of community service. But do something. Don't stand by and let America crumble.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.