We had a movie night this evening and because of the date I pulled a movie out of the archives. In 1996 there was a pretty epic film released that had a very Sci-Fi feel, but there was a great monologue that was delivered by our movie president, Bill Pullman, that I felt obligated to to share. Please read these words and really think about what independence means and what you personally can do to make a difference.
"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind; that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night!’ ‘We will not vanish without a fight!’ ‘We’re going to live on!’ ‘We’re going to survive!’ Today we celebrate our Independence Day!" from Independence Day (1996)
I have seen this movie many times but in light of the current state of our nation, watching this today really had an impact on me. We as Americans are so blessed with so many freedoms. We live our day to day lives not really taking into consideration the men and women that have given their lives so that we can enjoy the lives that we live.
This Independence Day take a moment and thank a veteran for their service, drop of some donuts at a fire or police station (no powdered sugar please), help someone at the grocery store, open a door for someone. Take a moment to give back and show thanks for everything you have been given because you are an American. Don't do it for anything but the honor of being able to serve someone that has given so much for each of us.