Thursday, July 2, 2009


A lot of people celebrate the 4th of July by soaking up rays by the pool, hitting the beach, grilling dogs and burgers, and watching fireworks. It's a lot of fun and I truly enjoy spending time with my family and friends. However, 4th of July is extremely important to me and my family than to most people who celebrate it. It's just as important as celebrating Christmas or Thanksgiving to most. Why? Well, my family has been serving and fighting for our freedom since the Revolutionary War.

We fought and died at the Alamo. We had our sugar plantations burned to the ground during the Civil War. My great grandfather survived the trenches of the Battle of the Bulge during WWI, had a great uncle that was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor WWII, my great uncle survived as a POW the Japanese Bataan Death March (over 60 miles of torture), another great uncle flew fighter jets during WWII and became a 4 Star General. He retired from the Pentagon back in the mid 80's, my grandfather fought in Korea on a battleship, and my father was shot and survived Vietnam.

Independence Day is a time to remember my family who fought and served so I could have freedom. I never want to make this holiday all about BBQ and fireworks. I always want to keep the memory alive of what the past generations have sacrificed for me today. It's my responsibility to teach the future generations about our nation's (family) history. Thank you for all who have served this great nation. God Bless!

Happy Birthday America!!!

Battle of the Bulge ~ Thank you, Great Grandpa Bill!!!

Japanese Bataan Death March ~ Thank you, Uncle Charles!!!

Pearl Harbor ~ Thank you, Uncle Coke!!!

Korean War ~ Thank you, Grandpa!!!

Vietnam ~ Thank you, Dad!!!

You haven't been forgotten!!!



Petunia said...

Great post Gigi!
My dad was stationed in Bougainville in WWII.

Mel said...

Amazing post! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks for faithfully coming by to see me! The green in my kitchen is Olive 4 by Laura Ashley, at Lowes.

Jill said...

What a sweet tribute to your family members who have fought for our freedom. Thanks for the reminder of what this holiday is all about. How sad that we forget.