The word-wide obsession with our devices and mankind whirling along the surface of the earth without actually living on it has me thinking. For all our technological advances we may have missed something important.

Spoiler alert: While I believe God blesses America, I am not blind or ignorant. We’re in a mess. And yet we’re a blessed mess. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

So, now that’s out of the way:

I’ve noticed a distinctive change in American society. I admit, I’ve corrected youngsters for being disruptive or disrespectful during the National Anthem at baseball games, etc. That’s old school and can be risky. It’s also one of the perks of being old.

As a kid when I stepped out of line, whether they knew me, my family or not, a momma or a father was often quick to correct me. It was perfectly acceptable then and I appreciate their guidance more now than ever.

Today in our litigious society, we may have missed the importance of teaching our history, our good traditions to our young. Things like pausing for the playing of the National Anthem, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and what it all means. I didn’t learn it in school – I learned at home. While it may be part of a teacher’s seemingly endless job, it’s not their responsibility; it’s the parents’. And don’t get me started about showing appreciation for service persons in uniform…

So, before I start another rabbit trail, on this Independence Day, I apologize for the poor quality of the following video. Like me it’s old school. But as a society we need to hear the message. Like our full, accurate history, complete with some shameful attitudes and incorrectness, it’s important to remember what it’s all about.

Feel free to stand. Or pray.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)


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10 responses to “Salute

  1. If you don’t mind I’m going to reblog this on Susan’s Personal Blog. It was great and more people need to read/hear it. 🙂

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  2. I am not from there, but definitely, I agree.

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  3. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:
    Another awesome Independence Day post.

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  4. Sharon Henders

    Loved this blog – amen!

    Sent from my iPad


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  5. Great content and sentiment. I never truly appreciated Red Skelton until he was gone and my sensibilities were assaulted by the garbage being passed off as humor today. I’ve wanted to use his ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ in a post but am so happy to see you use it.
    When I think of humor I picture Carol Burnett, Lucy, Red Skelton, Imogene, MTM,etc. None of them diminished others to create humor.


    • Grandfar was a sound technician in radio and then early television, so TV was a big deal in our family. I was raised with the greats you mention, Gertrude and Heathcliffe – ah, good stuff that! And we had Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore and Bonanza. They indeed paved the way for coming generations. Have a grand July 4th, Larry.

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  6. Nice post, which sends a powerful message. Happy 4th of July.

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