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The comments needed to be disabled? Really? Have the morals of this country slipped that far that we cannot simply comment on the greatness of this Nation?

      The turkey is in the oven, the vegetables prepared and ready to go. Days of baking of pies, breads and cookies are on display. Once again, Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and we do something we should do each and every day…… We take time, we pause, and we reflect upon the reasons we have to be thankful.

       The world around us is a hectic place, a troubled place. We have soldiers scattered around the world, away from their loved one’s, representing and defending our great nation’s commitments. The economy continues to falter along, with our leaders failing to make the necessary decisions to motivate the recovery.

       Yet, despite the daily problems each of us may face, we have very much to be thankful for this year, perhaps more than any other.

       First and foremost, we are thankful for the loved one’s we share our lives with daily. Thankful for our spouses, our children, our parents and grandparents, our sisters, our brothers. We are thankful and we remember those who are no longer with us, but whose memories remind us of the impact, the influence they had upon us.

        We are thankful to our Creator, who gave us the blessing of our family, and the blessings of this great nation.

      We are thankful for our friends and acquaintances, the people who add to the fabric of our lives.

      We are thankful for the blessing of being citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, where no matter how bleak things may appear, we know that we are blessed to have the opportunity  to be free to challenge the system, to make it better.

       So, this special Thanksgiving Day, let us take time to acknowledge our blessings, to give thanks to God for the blessings of our lives, and let us cherish those who are the fabric of our existence.

       From James and Family, be God Bless you and yours, and may you have a very special Thanksgiving!!

My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado.

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed his grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed his grace on thee. And crown they good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

God bless America. Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above. From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam. God bless America, my home sweet home.

This land is your land, this land is my land, from California, to the New York Island, from the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth.

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a nation of many sovereign states, a perfect union, one and inseparable, established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; as he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.

Now the trumpet summons us again — not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not a call to battle, though embattled we are — but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation — a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on Earth God’s work must truly be our own.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The silver Eastern strands, thy Golden Gate that stands, fronting the West; Thy flowery Southland fair. Thy North’s sweet, crystal air. O land beyond compare, we love thee best!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘“Free at last! Free at last! That God almighty, we are free at last!”

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life. America! America! May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine.

Let freedom ring.

by M.Goforth 2010