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Happy Birthday America ........ so ladies what are you doing for your 4th of July celebrations and tell me what you think 4th of July means to you?
We are so old in the UK we have stopped doing birthdays .......

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      UK Girl wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • We don’t have a birthday party for our country so I would love to know how you celebrate your country’s birth and how you incorporate the historic part of the holiday ...




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • What a great question Vicki!!

      Well my hubz works on Sunday but we will be going to some festivities downtown tomorrow. And we may stay out to watch the fireworks if he’s not too tired.

      To me the 4th has always been about declaring our Independence. I know it’s originally meant to celebrate independence from England but really for ME it’s more than that. It’s the Independence that all of us have battled, fought and won rights to. Ex:womens’s rights, voting, etc! Also where I grew up there would be parades with people re enacting. Not so much the war (altho that goes on in parts around the US) but the costumes and the way of life.
      I really miss the festivities that Detroit celebrates with Windsor ONT, Canada. There is a taste fest going on now. (Hmmmmm....wondering if Neicy cooked chicken for THAT!)




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • yeah, it would be tough to celebrate England’s “birth” because it was invaded and conquered so many times! Mark and i had a seafood feast here at home today; he has to work tomorrow.




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      UK Girl wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • Lou – I know those pesky Romans, Vikings with their marauding Nordic warriors ....Picts with their blue faces ........but we did repeal the Germans twice not that long ago in history and we have seen of the French through strategic marriages......
      I often wonder in the middle of just BBQ-ing and fireworks sometimes people forget the significance of the holiday




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • Jeesh Vicki you make it almost romantic sounding.....




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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • I think the true significance of the 4th is often times lost amongst all the fireworks and barbeques.

      I’d like to share an email a friend of mine sent me this week.  He’s an old retired military man.

      I think patriotic holiday is a good time to remember those origianl patriots.

      Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
      Declaration of Independence?


      Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured
      before they died.


      Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

      Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two
      sons captured.

      Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the
      Revolutionary War.

      They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their
      sacred honor.

      What kind of men were they?

      Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were
      farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but
      they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the
      penalty would be death if they were captured.


      Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships
      swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties
      to pay his debts, and died in rags.


      Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move
      his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and
      his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and
      poverty was his reward.


      Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
      Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.


      At the battle of 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.
      So, take a few minutes 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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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • Thanks for that post, Tulip. So many of the meanings behind all of our holidays are lost these days.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • It’s when we all get together and have BBQ’s and going to the park and running around having fun and then watching the fireworks at 9pm. I usually go to the park we have here that has arts and crafts stands and games and all kinds of differant foods. Alot of people camp out In their tents and pick a good spot to watch the fireowrks and listen to the band they have every year. It’s great..Hubby and I walk there an hour before and get a good view of the show. he usually has to work at the park, but the past couple of years he didn’t have to, but we go there and visit his co-workers and get great seating..lolestatic




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      L J wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO DO A BIRTHDAY WHETHER IT BE YOU OR WHO..
      I THINK WHAT VIKKI HALL SAID WAS THE TRUTH.. I THINK OF CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE IN ALL ASPECTS, AND HOLD A PROUD
      SMILE WHILE WE ARE DOING IT!!

      MY HUBZ COOKING TOMMORROW FOR ALL HIS FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES... HE LUVZ TO COOK OUT!
      I LOVE TO EAT IT! WE R COOKING HENS INSTEAD OF TURKEYS, AND COLLARDS AND BAKED BEANS AND BARBECUE POTATOES...
      I‘M GOING TO GAIN 10 LBS....
      happy 4th to all my friends up here!
      LJ




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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • Well it’s just me & my son, but he made plans with his co workers it’s a new job. My mom called and invited us over to BBQ. I accepted and said my son made other plans. We always share and everyone brings a dish or dessert or whatever the brothers bring chips & soda. We usually open up the house because the weather has always been beautiful. My dad will crank the oldies we all play some kind of game then watch old family movies, (I love that part).We have family reunions every year and my grandparents are gone now so we watch them, is sad in a way but happy. Makes us all appreciate each other.Then dad starts the BBQ and we all get ready to eat everyone helps. I swear we have way too much food every year. After dinner we all clean up and get ready for the fireworks, the local HS always has a show and we can see from the front yard all the neighbors do the same. It’s always fun. You all have fun and be safe. I am proud to be an American!!




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      UK Girl wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • You all sound like you have a great weekend ahead of you ladies - enjoy.

      Tulip thanks for the history lesson - us Brits are steeped history and I know yours in comparison is just fledgling.

      I’m going to have soem BBQ’d food this weekend so I’m in the spirit of 4th of July.

      Have a wonderful weekend ladies with your families




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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • Thank you ALL sweet ladies estatic




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      Marya1961 wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • I am very proud to be an American...my husband served his country for eight years in the Army National Guard and we have a deep respect and admiration for all who gave us our independence and continue to fight for our freedom...I hope everyone is displaying a flag today whether it be small or large...we are heading to our friend’s home for a seafood dinner, music and horse-shoes...will be fun...Happy 4th to all!




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      Carolnphil wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • Tulip, I always appreciate reading something along those lines.  Phil and I are big history buffs.  We’ve spent a lot of time touring historic sites.

      At the battle of 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.  

      We toured the Nelson home.  It wasn’t destroyed but it does have canonballs imbedded in the stone of the home.  It was a beautiful home, but rather small, I thought compared to most at the time.

      I have at least five ancestors who either fought in the Revolutionary War or supplied aid to the cause.  They were Samuel Pack Jr, Francis Farley Jr, 2nd Lieut. Daniel Shumate, Rev. Josiah Meador, and Mrs. Martha Farris Gatliff.  

      Martha was raised a Quaker in Philadelphia.  She and her husband and children moved to Virginia.  They turned away from the Quaker faith.  Her husband was killed by Indians while serving under General Braddock during the French and Indian War.  Martha provided rations to soldiers during the Revolutionary War.  This was somewhat unheard of since she was a widow of limited means.  I like to think she was a feisty little thing like me. :)




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      Shell5716 wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • Actually had to work this morning, but now just enjoying t.v, rest and relaxing!  Feels great if I do say so myself.  Maybe pizza for dinner.  

      Happy 4th everyone!!!




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      Anne E wrote Jul 5, 2009
    • I went to a fireworks show with my brother and his family at a nearby Junior College.  It was great!




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jul 5, 2009
    • Hubby and I went to the park 2 hours before the fireworks started like we always do, It’s a tradition for us and we walked around checking out the stands and of course I bought me a new handbag..lol to add to my collection, and we snacked on food. Then at 9pm we watched the fireworks. They were AWSOME! and we had a good night.happy Hope everyone had a good night and enjoyed their time with family.

      Hugzzzzzzz
      Frannie




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