Happy Flag Day! Thanks Be to God for Our Freedom!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag  of the United States of America  and to the Republic for which  it stands, one nation, indivisible,  with liberty and justice for  All

I Love the United States of America! I am sooo very grateful for the freedom that we enjoy in this nation I am blessed to call my home and birth place.

I once took freedom for granted. Then, my husband and I traveled outside of the United States of America to complete the adoption of two children from Russia.

The first time we landed on Russian soil, armed soldiers came to the airplane door with semiautomatic rifles slung over their shoulders angrily demanding the passports of the flight crew. Our last landing, in Russia, during our trip to come home, we were escorted by armed soldiers off of the plane and locked in a room along with the other passengers. No explanation was given as to why we had to leave the airplane and little civility was extended by the soldiers. It was clear that they did not see us as welcome visitors to their airport.

Suffice it to say, when we landed in Alaska and were once again back on U.S. soil and once again had our freedom returned to us, we were so grateful that we wanted to bend down and kiss the soil!

Much has been sacrificed for the freedoms we were blessed to return to after our trip to Russia. I will never take those freedoms for granted ever again.

I love this country and I love what it stands for! This country is meant to be God’s country. It was founded by individuals who fought to be free to worship their God: One Nation Under God.

God has blessed this country and will continue to do so as we seek Him in our lives!

I hope you will take a moment today to thank your Creator for the blessing of living in a free country with a flag that waves boldly over our nation! A nation that represents freedom to the entire world.

I hope you enjoy today’s story!

American Patriotic Short Stories What America Means
You Could Hear a Pin Drop

What American Patriotism Means, Part 1

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building’ by George Bush.

He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

What American Patriotism Means, Part 2

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room and said, “Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?”

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people. They are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities. They have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day. They can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day. And they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships. How many does France have?’

You could have heard a pin drop.

What American Patriotism Means, Part 3

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.

Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks. But a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied “Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

What American Patriotism Means, Part 4

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”

The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”

“Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!”

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

I hope life brings you much success. I wish you a very happy day.

—–     Surfer Sam
Today’s inspirational article is shared from the following website: http://www.surfersam.com/friends/american-patriotism.htm

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