Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. - Dwight D. Eisenhower


When I think about celebrating our Independence Day, I think not only about our family picnic and where we will watch the fireworks, I think about how lucky and blessed I am to have been born in America.


Traveling outside the US over the years has made me extremely aware and appreciative of the freedoms I have had the priviledge of enjoying that many will never experience. I remember my first time flying back into the United States and the exact moment my foot stepped on American soil. I was seriously tempted to lie completely down on the ground and kiss the pavement. When the flight attendant said, "Welcome Home", I felt both relieved and at peace.


In honor of this 4th of July join me in taking a few mintues to reflect on all the freedoms we have.


What does freedom mean to you?


To me, freedom means feeling safe and protected to venture out into our big, wide world to live out the life of my dreams. It means I get to live where I want to live, work where I want to work, marry who I want to marry, and go to the church of my choice. It means I have the ability to say what I want to say and even drive a car. It means the ability to dream of possibilities and make my own choices. To me, freedom means I have a full access pass to live life.


To all the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom and continue to sacrifice to defend our great nation, including paying the ultimate sacrifice, Thank You. And may we all honor your sacrifice by living each day of our lives to the fullest of our potential.


Happy Birthday America!



...and as the saying goes, remember Freedom isn't free, someone died for you and me.