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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
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SAYS SHE, ON JULY 4th.




PLEASE WATCH AND LISTEN TO  CHUCK GIRARD'S  VIDEO OF A SPECIAL SONG/PRAYER FOR AMERICA...YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID...CHUCK WAS AN OLD ROCK AND ROLLER BACK IN THE LATE 50's EARLY 60's....HE BECAME A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST DURING THE GREAT REVIVAL ON THE WEST COAST IN THE 60's UNDER THE PREACHING OF PASTOR CHUCK SMITH OF CALVARY CHAPEL....JUST CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK...



THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR NATION WILL RISE OR FALL BASED ON ITS PEOPLE HONORING ALMIGHTY GOD AS THE SOURCE OF FREEDOM AND THE PROTECTOR OF THEIR LIBERTY...THE FOLLOWING QUOTES COME FROM A FULL PAGE AD IN THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL BY THE HOBBY LOBBY COMPANY....."WHERE ARE THE LEADERS OF OUR NATION TODAY WHO BELIEVE THESE STATEMENTS TO BE TRUE, AND WHO WILL STAKE THEIR LIVES AND CAREERS ON THESE SAME TRUTHS? ALSO, DO WE ORDINARY CITIZENS BELIEVE AND LIVE BY THESE TRUTHS?  AND,  IF  I, OR  YOU,  DO  NOT  OBEY  THE  ADMONITION  OF  II CHRONICLES  7:14,  WE  HAVE  NO  ONE  ELSE  TO  BLAME  FOR  THE  CONDITION  OF  OUR  NATION.....

'It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.' President George Washington

'We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.' President John Adams

'And, can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever.' President Thomas Jefferson

'I've lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We've been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.' Patriot Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin

ON THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR NATION,   WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER THAT  'FREEDOM'  IS NEVER  FREE.   IT COMES WITH A  COST....A  PRICE....   IT COST THOSE  FREEDOM-LOVING  PILGRIMS,  AND THOSE WHO CHALLENGED THE RULE OF KINGS,  A  HIGH  PRICE....THEIR VERY LIVES AND MUCH HARDSHIP TO WIN OUR INDEPENDENCE....THEN WITH THE PASSING OF TIME,  MILLIONS  OF  AMERICANS  HAVE GONE TO OTHER LANDS TO  FIGHT...TO  PAY THE  PRICE.... FOR CONTINUED FREEDOM FOR THOSE WHO LIVED IN THOSE LANDS.....

HERE ARE THOSE OF OUR OWN FAMILY WHO HAVE SERVED IN DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF OUR MILITARY...HELPING TO KEEP FREEDOM ALIVE!

ASHLEY AND ABBY, IN WORLD WAR II, YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER,   WINDLE McELROY   (GG'S DADDY) FOUGHT IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGAINST JAPAN. HE AND HIS BUDDIES FOUGHT FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND, PUSHING THE JAPANESE ARMY BACK TO THEIR OWN LAND. HERE ARE TWO PICTURES OF HIM ON THE ISLAND OF OKINAWA.


OWEN AND DREW, YOUR   GREAT-GRANDFATHER TEASLEY   ALSO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II IN THE ARMY. HE WAS A 22 YEAR OLD STAFF-SERGEANT AND MOST OF HIS TIME WAS SPENT IN THE COUNTRY OF BURMA WHERE HIS UNIT WORKED ON BUILDING THE BURMA TO INDIA ROAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND JUNGLES. THAT ROAD BECAME A VERY IMPORTANT ROUTE FOR SUPPLIES TO BE MOVED TO THE FRONT-LINE SOLDIERS IN THAT AREA. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE FIRST ARMY CONVOY OF TRUCKS MAKING THE TRIP IN 1945.


WILL AND MAGGIE, YOUR PAPAW,   BILLY WAYNE,   SERVED IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEGINNING IN 1962. AT FIRST HE WAS IN AN INFANTRY UNIT BUT LATER THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO A TANK UNIT. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE KIND OF TANKS HE WOULD HAVE KNOWN.


WILL, MAGGIE, OWEN, AND DREW YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHERS  JIMMY THOMPSON  AND   BOYD HARDIN  WERE TOO YOUNG FOR WW I AND TOO OLD TO BE IN THE WW II. BUT, YOUR   UNCLE JIM HARDIN   (Pop'S BROTHER) FOUGHT IN THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950'S. HE WAS WITH THE FIRST MARINE DIVISION OF THE U. S. MARINE CORPS. AND, YOUR   UNCLE GENE NORWOOD   FOUGHT IN THE VIET NAM WAR IN THE 1970'S.

POP  WAS AN AIRPLANE MECHANIC IN THE U. S. AIR FORCE RESERVE AND THE TENNESSEE AIR GUARD FROM 1963 TO 1971. THE PLANES HE WORKED ON TOOK SUPPLIES INTO DA NANG AND SAIGON IN VIET NAM AND BROUGHT WOUNDED BACK TO HOSPITALS IN THE USA. THE PLANES WERE OLD AND SLOW, SO IT TOOK 45 HOURS IN THE AIR TO MAKE THE TRIP FROM MEMPHIS TO VIET NAM. HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE 124-C, THE KIND HE WORKED ON. THEY SHOOK AND VIBRATED SO BADLY IN THE AIR, THEY WERE NICKNAMED  'OLD SHAKEY' !



HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE VEHICLE UNCLE JIM DROVE IN KOREA. IT'S NAME WAS 'DUKW' BUT PRONOUNCED 'DUCK' BECAUSE IT COULD GO ON WATER OR LAND. SOME OF THE TIME UNCLE JIM CARRIED SUPPLIES FROM SHIPS ANCHORED IN THE BAY (HE NEVER LEARNED TO SWIM, BUT DID NOT ADMIT THAT WHEN HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THIS VEHICLE...LOL)AND AT OTHER TIMES HE CARRIED SUPPLIES INLAND TO THE MARINES FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES...ON THE WAY BACK HE WOULD BRING WOUNDED MARINES TO BE TREATED....WILL ALWAYS BE A 'HERO' TO THIS 'LITTLE BROTHER'!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA, AND THANK YOU, GOD, FOR BLESSING AMERICA SO RICHLY!


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