“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
Good Morning! In JFK’s famous speech he shared: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
What is on your agenda for today? A picnic, family gathering, or day at the lake? While millions of us celebrate a national holiday and look forward to a day off from work, many of America’s one and a half million troops on active duty will not. It only takes a moment to share words of support and thanks to our troops. Visit the Department of Defense website, http://www.americasupportsyou.mil and follow the link on the home page to email your support.
Your Turn: During your celebrations take time to remember the important history of this day and to thank those who are defending our freedom.
Today’s Affirmation: I celebrate and appreciate independence.
- Watch JFK’s inaugural speech online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE0iPY7XGBo&feature=related
- Find history, a link to the Declaration of Independence, quizzes, recipes, e-cards and more at the Holiday Spot. http://www.theholidayspot.com/july4/
- If you have children visit http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/minisite/4th-of-july-main/ for printables, craft ideas, recipes, decorations, and many other creative celebration ideas.