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July 4, 2010: Remembrances and Celebrations

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 4, 2010 9:02 AM |

Let’s take a day off from thinking about our steep slope and challenging terrain as we navigate the economic landscape. Today is a day of remembrances and celebration.

I remember the love and dedication my father-in-law had for our great nation. He would cherish this day as he would attend his local 4th of July parade to salute the nation he loved. Never one to complain about what our nation should do or could do, my father-in-law saw the beauty and opportunity provided by our great land and he embraced it. He appreciated the values and fiber that made our land the beacon amidst the storm. He resonated with real pride, and his deeply sincere and friendly demeanor were infectious. I love him and miss him. I hope those who read this can feel his pride and will share it. He truly represented the best of America.

I also remember my own Dad today. I will be visiting him in the hospital today as he deals with and recovers from recent surgery. His love of family, his determination, his integrity, and his ethic are the rocks and mortar on which every member of my family has forged our own lives. He speaks with such pride of his family and the stories of his descendants coming to this nation. His awe of his great grandfather Mike Doyle who came to this land as a teen from Ireland back in the mid-1800s is a motivating force for me and all my siblings. His signature farewell is “Keep punchin’.” He embodies real American spirit and virtues.

Behind great men, such as my father-in-law and my Dad, stand even better women. My mother-in-law and my Mom are the glue. As is my own beloved. I love these women.

What is the common thread here? Love. We love each other. We love our families. We love helping people. We love our nation. That to me is what the 4th of July is all about.

I hope you are able to share this day with your loved ones remembering and celebrating that which brings us together and makes us a proud and great land.

LD

  • Sunup

    Larry, Happy 4th to you and yours. I love your comments today. We are immigrants to this country and the 4th is my favorite holiday of the year.
    There is a feeling on this day like no other.We are proud to be Americans. LET FREEDOM RING!

    • LD

      Real pride, humble yet effusive, is truly powerful. Thanks for your sentiments.

      God Bless America!!

  • mountainaires

    What a wonderful essay, LD. Thanks for sharing your story, and the people in your life in such a moving way. I enjoyed reading it!






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