Celebrating freedom

By: Annie Blakeley - Contributing Columnist

The Fourth of July is an important holiday to mind and look forward to, not only to recognize our soldiers and veterans, but to remember the freedom they fought so hard for.

The day is not all hot dogs and hamburgers or pool parties and fireworks. Yet, at the same time, we are free to do all of those things. The traditions of the Fourth are fun, however, just as any other holiday, they are not very representative of what is being celebrated.

If any holiday celebrates the nation it is the Fourth. Though it is not the actual date that we gained our independence, July the fourth is the date that the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

This Fourth of July, I will be on vacation at the beach — which we don’t often make the trek down to.

I do hope to see some fireworks and swim a bit, but I’m not keen on eating hamburgers or hot dogs. I also would like to thank any veterans on this day for defending my freedom.

I hope that whatever you may chose to partake in on this day, it will be something worthwhile and fun in celebration of your freedom.

Annie Blakeley is a rising sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is a band and chorus student and a member of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.


Annie Blakeley

Contributing Columnist