Some celebrated – Some mourned!

On July fourth the nation came together “for the day,” however short that time, to celebrate our day of Independence. There were hot dogs and hamburgers, steaks and fried chicken. All these were accompanied with potato salad, watermelon, chips or whatever other as-sundry of food items individual localities served on this day that symbolized our freedom from the British Empire and our birth as a “free nation!” Flags were waving for the most part, although one locality refused to allow the VFW to hand out free flags to passersby and fireworks topped off the entire days of events which also included parades, music festivals, and other events again symbolic with celebrating the fourth.

Looking back it seemed like such a normal day of festivities. A family day! A nation’s day! A day to be grateful to our “founding fathers” and all those brave people who dumped tea in Boston Harbor, fought at Yorktown, and crossed the Delaware River. From the moment “the shot heard around the world” was fired until the last musket or cannon was fired in our battle to be free, brave men [and women in their own way] endured the elements with barely enough food, clothing, and supplies to carry on at times. But, carry on they did!

It is easy to forget at times those who first came here and founded this nation. Some were wealthy. But most came here to leave behind a life too hard to endure. Some came as indentured servants. Some came as slaves sold by their own people, either captured from neighboring tribes or to help feed those still at home. They battled disease, natural hardships, and fear of the unknown and what was to come.

Possibly, had the ocean voyage not been so long, far, or dangerous history might have painted a different picture for our nation. That is a subject for history buffs or the nation’s thinkers. But I often think about the courage and sacrifices of those who first came to America. Then I wonder where it all went?

Six Canadian Soldiers, Translator Killed in Afghan Bomb Attack

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb tore through a NATO vehicle on Wednesday, killing six Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter in a southern Afghan region that has recently seen heavy fighting, officials said.

The deadly blast happened in Kandahar province’s Zhari district, Afghan police said.

Brig. Gen. Tim Grant, the head of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, said that soldiers were Canadian.

The attack was the deadliest against foreign troops in Afghanistan since May 13, when seven soldiers were killed — five Americans, a Canadian and a Briton — when the Chinook helicopter they were riding in crashed in Helmand province.


Military identifies 4 of 6 Canadian soldiers killed

The Canadian Military identified four of the six soldiers killed as:

Capt. Matthew Johnathan Dawe of Kingston, Ont., Master Cpl. Colin Bason, who was based in New Westminster, B.C., Cpl. Cole Bartsch of Whitecourt, Alta., and Pte. Lane Watkins of Clearwater, Man. A the request of their families, the two remaining soldiers are not being publicly identified at this time.

There are 2500 Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Since 2002, 66 have been killed to date.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and fellow soldiers of these heroic Canadian soldiers. They will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifices. May they find peace in the company of their brothers and sisters before them.

A Soldier’s Mind has a great post on both the 4th and the Canadian Soldiers KIA. Check out A Foreigner’s thoughts on America!.
[edited to add link above]


~ by devildog6771 on July 11, 2007.

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