Respect~ Honor~ Liberty~ Justice

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”July 4th flags and boysFireworks 2013  056 fireworks21013 4 Fireworks 2013  093 Fireworks 2013  060

In 1954, UNDER GOD, was added to our United States of America pledge.  A little something I thought I would share on this July 4th, America’s Celebration of Independence.  I don’t recall ever not knowing the “pledge”.  We learned it young and said it at the start of each morning, with our hand placed over our heart.  Respect.  Honor. Liberty.  Justice.

I watched my dad, many times, remove his hat as the flag would pass by.  My hubby taught our boys the same. Respect.  Honor.  Liberty.  Justice.  To this day, there is nothing more touching, than to be at a large event, and for a moment, all eyes and hearts are focused on that red, white and blue.  God bless America.  And thank You for not leaving us, even as many have forsaken You.

Thank you to all who serve, who have served, and who have sacrificed for this country. May we always remember ~ “Freedom don’t come free” ♥

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30 Responses to Respect~ Honor~ Liberty~ Justice

  1. unfetteredbs says:


  2. Dottie Whitsitt says:

    Love this Paula!! Thanks for your eloquence!! I have to share!!! We have so much to be thankful for!! 🙂

  3. God has no doubt blessed America abundantly. Nearly all of our “forefathers” had a strong sense of the Divine (though each had very unique interpretations of who God is). I reflect some on this in my post “Declaring Independence: Economically, Politically, and Spiritually.” I invite you to drop by and comment.

  4. Happy 4th of July Paula!

  5. Lovely post. I grew up reciting the pledge every morning in school.

    • I didn’t realize at the time what a privilege it was. Happy 4th to you!

      • Where are all the flags? We are the only ones in our neighborhood to proudly fly our flag. People will spend money on beer and fireworks for the 4th, but not a flag! It is an honor to have that freedom. I’m wondering how the people in Egypt are feeling today. I imagine they would gladly trade their lives for ours. We Americans tend to take our freedoms for granted.

      • Lots of flags flying around here, Delores. (Ours flies year round. 😉 ) We are blessed, but need to be reminded of this OFTEN! Myself included ♥ Happy 4th!

  6. ly says:

    Amen! and thanks for the fireworks. Georgia is too soggy to have them this year.

  7. viveka says:

    Is it all your photo – the top one is fantastic… even the fireworks, not the easiest to catch with a camera. A Happy Independents Day. But for me far too many women and men fight and die is wars what shouldn’t be theirs from the start and sometimes even not their wars.

    • Yes, I snapped the photos. The first one is my fav. We happened to park in the right place and this small group of boys landed on a blanket in front of us. I couldn’t resist capturing the moment. I don’t know them, but I would love to share it with them. The fireworks….ugh…I am no good at those…but will keep working on it! 😉 I agree….war is heartbreaking. ♥ But I will always love and support our troops for defending us.

      • viveka says:

        I just love that photo, fantastic – not often I like B&W photo, but that is a great photo.
        I understand that you love and support your troops, but I think today they are in wars that has nothing with defending US people – only the goverments intrests, not the troops fault.

  8. Well said. And great photos too 🙂

  9. russtowne says:

    Well said, my friend! Thank you your post.

  10. bulldog says:

    Lovely post and I hope you had a great day of celebration…

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  12. Paula – I’ll admit one of the many things I learned without being taught was respect for our flag. Like you I started every day of elementary school with the Pledge and the Lord’s Prayer.

  13. findingmyinnercourage says:

    Beautiful Blog! There is nothing like The Pledge Of Allegiance. We indeed have so much to be grateful for!

  14. Beautiful post, Paula!

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