“America without her solders would be like God without his angels” – Claudia Pemberton

According to statista the number of fatalities in all major wars involving the United States from 1775 to 2022 adds up to 1,304,702,000 lives. Most of the over one million plus number was during the American Civil War where over 620,000 Americans fought for the belief that slavery was wrong and that the lives of others mattered enough to fight and die for. My own great, great great, Grandfather died in prison for his ideals and beliefs. My Great, great grandmother Eliza Tennessee Kite left a war torn post civil war Tennessee and moved her family for a new start, freedom and new opportunities in Kansas. I am in awe that I can sit under and gaze upon the same stars as she did over one hundred and twenty three years ago. Then I think wow those stars unchanged since the beginning of time have been a forever witness to the ever changing world below them. As we celebrate the Fourth of July 🇺🇸 tomorrow it might just be the best opportunity to then look up in appreciation to all who have gotten us this far. When Francis Scott Key wrote the star spangled banner he to saw stars above him and a flag still standing for bravery and freedom that kept hope alive during a great battle to save America. I Clink to America and with a hand on my heart I sing proudly his words. Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.. I am forever humbled and grateful for the brave who have defended and continue to defend our great nation 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 In God we trust

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