Liberty



What better way to continue my ranting and raving about how we humans need to be more accepting of each other, and briefly acknowledge the stars and stripes, then to quote the following movie on this American holiday:

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” ~Independence Day, Film (1996)

I do not know if it is vanity or ignorance, but many Americans appear to believe that this country is the only one to ever gain its freedom and independence … which, of course, is like claiming this is the only country with blue sky overhead. Independence Day is celebrated universally around the world; we just do not celebrate it simultaneously on the same calendar day of the year.

Here are a few varying days of freedom. Those listed also gained their independence from the United Kingdom ... as I had to narrow down my selections somehow. (Disclaimer: This list is by no means complete and comes to you this day courtesy of
Wikipedia so let us hope they are accurate.)

10 July ~ Bahamas (Want to buy an island?)
21 September ~ Belize (They have black orchids. Cool!)
01 January ~ Brunei (Financially, this country is doing JUST fine.)
01 July ~ Canada (Maple leaf, anyone? Eh?)
01 October ~ Cyprus (Celebrated, not actual … August 16. Odd.)
18 February ~ The Gambia (Tiny little country that it is.)
15 August ~ India (This is also my birthday. Woo hoo!)
06 August ~ Jamaica (Yeah mon!)
12 December ~ Kenya (HARAMBEE!)
01 October
~ Nigeria (A place likely to never make my wanderlust list.)
29 June ~ Seychelles (Sunrises and sunsets over the Indian Ocean.)

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President

2 comments:

  1. More bang for your birthday buck, Beth! South Korea's Independence Day is also August 15th!

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  2. July 4th is Britain's "Loss of Best Colony Day" but not celebrated as such.

    Britain of course has no independence day of its own. Conquered by Normans in 1066, and then what happened? Escaped from their oppressive dominance in late 20th century. Not sure if either event was a good thing.

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