Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2001

Make this Fourth of July special

June 28, 2001

I want to take time to thank The Eudora News and The Lawrence Journal-World for their coverage concerning Eudora's campaign on behalf of Old Glory. Truly, "the pen is mightier than the sword."

May we as Americans take time to honor our flag and the nation for which it stands. It is time to check up, as Lincoln said in his time. It is not a matter of whether God is with us but rather are we with Him? William Arthur Ward in his writing, My Name is America says "I am a country, but I am more than a country. I am only a little more than (225) years old but my mountains, forests and rivers are ageless. Before I was a dream in the minds of mortal men, they were beautiful realities in the hands of a beneficent Creator.

"I am a nation, but I am more than a nation. I am a republic of fifty sovereign states, each with its own heritage and individual greatness, each a vital part of indivisible whole the United States of America.

"I am a government, but I am more than a government. I am a symbol of plenty, a model of representative government, a hallmark of freedom, justice and independence to hundreds of millions throughout the world.

"I am a melting pot, but I am more than a melting pot. I am a haven for the oppressed, a living adventure in brotherhood, a community of compassion and a dynamic example of liberty under law, opportunity with responsibility and democracy through equality.

"My name is America!"

As July approaches, let us take time to consider our American heritage and consider that the Living God has a destiny for our nation.

Let us take time to be thankful and let us feel inwardly that unity that makes our country one. Truly, "united we stand, divided we fall."

Awake, young and old! As you shoot off or observe fireworks this year, let's remember why we do so. On July 4, 1776, Congress declared in the Declaration of Independence, "That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

Do you know the American Creed written by William Tyler Page in 1918? Listen again: "I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag and to defend it against all enemies."

How many of you know The Battle Hymn of the Republic? Look it up. My husband, Lee, and I sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic on Anita Stadler's 100th birthday at her request at the Eudora Nursing center. It was her favorite. She died this week.

Let us be blessed by the witness of her life and may we remember Edward Biggon's comment in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"National vice and national ruin go hand in hand."

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