The Fourth of July, a celebration for all Americans

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

As Americans, we whole heartily acknowledge and celebrate national holidays such as Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. It’s all about national pride and recognizing and bringing attention to this great country we all are so lucky to be part of.

The Fourth of July or Independence Day acknowledges and our independence from Great Britain—a day of liberation from a dictatorial and tyrannical king. Britain was negating its colonies here in American from freedom of representation.

The Fourth of July is a day reflective of what we are and have become. It is a day that brings all its ethnic groups together to celebrate and be mindful of the many liberties and freedoms we all share as Americans. It is a day to be thankful and count our blessings when we look at what is happening in many countries around us. I am referring to countries where governments and political regimes are denying citizens of basic human rights, Countries with regimes killings it citizens for advocating for justice and equality and the right to vote and be recognized.

While this country has its problems when you look at the big picture, there are few places if any that I can imagine being a citizen. I feel grateful that we have a country where people can advocate for the injustices and inequalities they feel exist without being imprisoned as political agitators.

Yes, we have racial issues and at times there appears to be an economic and social divide among the haves and have-nots.

But what makes me so proud of Americans is the ability to come together when it really counts. The love and benevolence rendered by Americans, especially in times of disaster, is commendable.

It is during the times of pain and suffering that Americans rally and come together. I find it nothing short of divine and God lead. Independence Day only makes me thankful for the generosity, love, and resilience of a people fortunate to be Americans.

I can only wish people in other countries could feel what we feel as Americans feel. Unity when it really counts.