GREGORY PARKER, PH.D. (ABD), M.P.A, Guest Writer
The fourth of July means different things to different people. For me, it is more than just my birthday, my wedding anniversary or a time to spend with family and friends. It is also a time to reflect on the birth of this great nation. Such a birth, from its very foundation of 1776 to its marvelous current structure, is one of honor, respect, and patriotism. While such patriotism is starting to fade in the hearts of some, I feel it even stronger day after day. See, to me, patriotism is the smell of firecrackers on a hot summer night or a cold glass of lemonade from the makeshift stand in your neighbors yard. Patriotism is honoring veteran with a smile while knowing some gave all for us to be secure in our persons and homes. Patriotism is standing during the national anthem to honor those who can no longer. Patriotism is pride in the liberty that is afforded to all, in the greatest country on earth. Patriotism is you and me… Have a blessed and wonderful fourth of July!