Independence Day

I ask myself, what does the 4th of July really mean to me…what does it bring up most in my heart?

I was raised a patriot.  From the American flag fluttering from our front porch to knowing my dad served in the second World War, to my mother always stopping to buy one of those little doodads veterans sell in front of the Stop and Shop.

It’s no accident Yankee Doodle Dandy is my all time favorite film.

As a kid, seeing the Statue of Liberty was better than the Beatles as she stood in New York harbor waving to us, my mother always saying, “you see her, she’s to remind you how lucky you are to live in the United States of America.”

She’d always dab at her eyes with a Kleenex as she said this.

Reading American History repeatedly is one of my favorite pastimes, never tiring of it.  I’ve gone up San Juan Hill with Teddy and his Rough Riders dozens of times.  Been at Yorktown with Washington, Appomattox with Lee and Grant and have never missed a presidential inauguration…we yet swell the chorus of the union when again touched…by the better angels of our nature.  Lincoln

The only thing we have to fear is – fear itself.  FDR

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.  JFK

Of course, the 4th also brings up years of barbecues at my Auntie Ida’s drinking ice cold cokes and eating slippery chicken off of Scotchgard paper plates.

I think of bands playing, fireworks launched from the harbor that can even be heard way up here along with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams dying July 4th, 1826, on the same day.

There was that soldier named Noel I wrote to in Vietnam just to be nice.  Was so glad I did, especially when his mom called to say he didn’t make it back.

I cried, but was proud, when I found his name on the Vietnam Wall. getPart-3

To say Happy 4th does have a bittersweet feeling to it…rightfully so.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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40 Responses to Independence Day

  1. micklively says:

    Patriotism is a strange phenomenon. It is not a bad thing to take pride in your country. My problem is with those who take that pride as an excuse to do something shameful. I know you don’t Susannah.


  2. Hal says:

    A very nice rememberence for a holiday that people still take for granted . Enjoy the day and be thankful we’re not Greece


  3. I loved this Susannah! My Facebook page has been swamped with such negative examples of “America” that I was starting to lose faith in the good ole US of A. This was a wonderful reminder of what it’s about.
    I LOVE that you went to the wall to visit your pen pal … my heart swells.


    • That wall as simple as it is, is so moving. I mean the way it starts small then builds the way the war did. People leaves things and every night they’re collected and placed in their own, letters, baby toys. I mean, humility reigns. Don’t listen to the negative…we are still and always will be, the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.


  4. Elle Knowles says:

    Wish my patriot was home for the holiday Susannah, if you know what I mean. 😉 ~Elle


  5. America…it is beautiful. :O)


  6. I am sorry to say that, over the years, my enthusiasm has dropped on the 4th. Those wonderful meals do not happen anymore, I don’t care much for fireworks, and I was never much for politics, so it doesn’t do much for me.
    However, not to put it down, because it does stand for such a wonderful thing here in America. My hope, my prayer, and my concern is that we, as Americans, do not give up our rights and become such a hodge-podge of laws governing us that we slip out of the wonderful democracy that we are still holding onto by a thread. Speech done.


  7. Ah the wall. For those of us who were young during the Viet Nam conflict (it wasn’t a war you know), that wall is an emotional reminder of the friends we lost. Over a conflict that wasn’t even a war. We fly our flag all summer long. My husband is a patriot. He served although no where dangerous. He considers his time in the service a boring period in his life. Better boring than dead.


  8. skinnyuz2b says:

    We do tend to take our freedoms for granted. The fact that we can do this is amazing in itself.


    • So true. When people bitch about America, I scratch my head that thank God doesn’t require a shmatta on it, or else. I don’t have a curfew nor expected to procreate like a cow every year. Can you imagine Skinny? Can you just imagine?


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