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Join us in the Fourth of July parade to celebrate the revolutionary roots of our independence and the birth of our nation.

Come dressed as the revolutionary independent that you are, like to see yourself as, or wish to recognize. Bring signs bearing the words of those who devoted their lives to making their vision of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” our reality.

During this time of globalization, terrorist threat, pre-emption and Patriot Acts, the words of Benjamin Franklin in 1759 are worth noting: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

And for a country seemingly divided, he warned: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

Join us to honor our veterans and those in service not just with our hearts and cheers once a year, but with our votes and tax dollars. Veterans have risked their lives as our government, “of the people, by the people and for the people” cuts benefits for them and their dependents.

Those currently in service continue to risk their lives, even as our Commander in Chief states that the battle has ended; and our government provides inadequate resources for them to “win the peace” and for their families’ welfare, so they may serve with greater peace of mind.

Join us to give voice to the “Land of the free and home of the brave!” Let us show our unabashed patriotism and matriotism, regardless of our politics, religion, age, race, sex, or sexual preference; for the flag that waves for us all in spite of being raised and burned in the name of special interests.

And if you don’t remember the words to our national anthem, we will pass them out, because they are worth the reminder and sharing with the next generation.

Join us to save our “spacious skies and amber waves of grain” and “purple mountains majesty above the fruited plain.” Represent in our government those that can’t

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represent themselves and vote with your feet and at the cash register.

While you are here, please pick up after yourselves and recycle; carpool, walk, bicycle or take the bus; and take the time to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us and that our fireworks burst to illuminate!

Join us this Friday at 11 a.m. at the corner of Cooper and Monarch for the start of the parade, or jump in along the route if you are so inspired.

Who might we be, individually and as a nation, if we were all in the parade and exercising our democracy instead of just standing by watching its effects on the evening news or in the stock market? Who might we be today, if all the colonists just stood by and there never was an American dream of “Liberty and Justice for All,” an American revolution or wilderness to teach us its value?

Tricia McKenzie


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