President Dwight Eisenhower had an understanding of freedom honed from serving our country in World Wars I & II, the Philippines, as Supreme Commander of NATO, and as our 34th President. Interestingly he came to the conclusion that freedom is ultimately an individual responsibility. He said, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily learned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
We honor the freedom Eisenhower and countless others have fought to preserve with this Federal holiday. We celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth with the happy traditions of flags displayed, gathering with family & friends, barbecues, watermelon, concerts, fireworks – the list could be much longer. I’d like to add in a moment of reflection with the following thought from Mary Baker Eddy, “Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”
Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July, filled with all that is dear to you!