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July 3, 2013
Celebrating the Fourth of July
By Kevin Devlin

We take for granted many simple activities because we have always had the freedom to do them. We have always assumed and declared Freedom as an unalienable right, but this is not the case in other countries. Sadly, it is non-existent. 

Millions of people throughout the world live under totalitarianism. People are murdered and tortured for their political views. People are imprisoned without just cause. You can forget being afforded any form of Miranda rights or due process. Dissent and original thought are forbidden in these oppressive wastelands. These governments dominated by ruthless, evil men are not for or by the people. They seek only to control and destroy if necessary. Human life means nothing. Civil wars, starvation, concentration camps, genocide, and lack of adequate medical resources, all born from oppression, are also ever-present reminders that not all are lucky enough to be Americans.  

The Fourth of July is now upon us and soon shall be history. Enjoy the colorful and breathtaking fireworks as well as the wonderful concerts on television or available at local venues. Think about old friends you met in life and new friends you made as time marched on. Enjoy the delicious food and drink on your tables as you celebrate the birth of our glorious nation.  

The next time you take a walk along M Street Beach, pause and gaze upon our beautiful flag located in the Hicks Memorial Park right next to the Boston Harbor Yacht Club. Reflect upon your human condition. Be happy you’re an American. Count your blessings. 

Freedom is a priceless gift. Never forget that although every single person on earth should be free, they are not. Never forget with evil lurking throughout the world we must always be ready to defend our country. Never forget the lessons of the past or take liberty as a given. And, honor those who died throughout our nation’s history so we can enjoy freedom, families and friends. 

As a nation we have survived for over two hundred years, and as long as Old Glory is waving in the wind, we are reminded (even with our own shortcomings from within) that America continues to thrive as a great country. Never forget that!



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