Fourth of July has to be one of my favorite days of the entire year. I love it! The abundance of patriotism, the sea of American Flags, fun barbecues, military stories, and a basic show of support for the USA—you can’t go wrong with any of these things.

I know that this country needs some major improvements and not everything is perfect, but I love my country. The American Flag is hands down one of my favorite sights to see wherever it is I go—it represents how our freedom is not free and that it comes with a price. Brave men and women, warriors, have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America. I think about the history of what made this country what it is today; the battles, the people, the presidents, and the work that it took to make this country what it is.

It is a country that I am proud of.


This is President Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address that has some really profound statements:

“Well I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to insure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it — now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so, we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.

Above all we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.

I am — I’m told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day; and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inaugural day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.”


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Published by Amber N.K. Antony

Amber N.K. Antony resides in Hawaii. She graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and is a current graduate student at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies where she is pursuing a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Applied Intelligence. She is the current Operations Manager at the Lint Center for National Security Studies, to include serving on the leadership team. Previously, she was a board member for the National Association of Professional Women’s Honolulu Chapter, as well as volunteering for two nonprofit organizations as a writer, public information officer, news reporter, and assistant editor. She is a proud daughter, sister, friend, and mentor. She is passionate about serving her country and community.

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