Saturday, July 4, 2009


Wishing all my friends a family a very happy 4th of July!!! One of our traditions is to watch the movie "Independence Day" with Wil Smith and Jeff Goldblum - I always cry during that movie, even though I've seen it so many times (I'm such a wimp!!). My kids always laugh at me. Then we head downtown to take part in the wonderful festivities in Celebration: the food, the friendship, the fun, and of course the beautiful fireworks.

This year, it is especially moving as we are having a Community Covenant Signing in honor of our troops: (the following is taken from our community intranet provider)

"On July 4 Celebration will sign a Community Covenant signifying the community’s support for military service members and their families. In support of the covenant Celebration will adopt an Army unit. This program provides a supportive connection between the young men and women of the Armed Forces and the civilian communities they serve. Celebration will be adopting Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry of the Florida National Guard. Their headquarters is in Orlando. They will be deployed to Kuwait and Iraq between January 2010 and January 2011.We will provide support to the soldiers and to their families while they are deployed. The covenant will be signed at 9:00 p.m. during the Flashback 4th of July event on Market Street."

Please take time out of your activities today to remember how we got our freedom and the men and women who gave their lives and are still serving today so that we can live our lives in the most wonderful country in the world.



Superdumb Supervillain said...

The covenant is a really interesting way to celebrate the 4th of July. What a good way to have a living memorial.

Beth said...

Agree wholeheartedly with your comments!

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

What a beautiful act of kindness and appreciation for our troops and their families. Your community is doing a very wonderful thing in providing support for these soldiers and their families during deployment.

Not only does this support lift the worries of the soldiers for their families while they are away, but it enables the families to function with day-to-day tasks in the absence of their spouse, parent, or child.

Thank you, Bill and Lorie, for commenting on The Meaning of Freedom.

Please feel free to drop by any time. I'm following you, now, through friend connect. I look forward to reading more of your posts, as well.

Simply Being Mommy said...

I hope you had a wonderful July 4th. Sorry that I haven't been by much but things are crazy busy around here!

Hope to talk to you soon.

Anonymous said...

I want to personally thank the town of Celebration! You have no idea how much this means to the families!!!
Karen Craft
(wife of Jason Craft - speaker at the covenant signing)

Lorie Shewbridge said...

Mrs. Craft, Thank you for visiting my blog... I am so glad that Celebration can be of help to our fighting men and women and their families. Our family is very proud of you all and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you all and God bless America!!

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