Scott's View: Recognizing Why We Celebrate Our Nation’s 241st Birthday this Independence Day Weekend

Scott's View

With the Independence Day weekend, we mark our 241st birthday. As we celebrate the founding of this great nation, we give thanks and honor our military and veterans, expressed so well in this poem:

IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

 

On behalf of all of us at Veterans Advantage, I wish you and your family a happy 4th of July! Thank you for your service to our country!

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