Last updated: July 07. 2014 9:50AM - 139 Views
Ted Smith Contributing Columnist

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The Fourth of July is truly an “American Holiday.” I find myself considering how very brave our forefathers were in 1776 when they decided to defy the then “almighty England.” Think about it. Here is America, a newly discovered land comprised of 13 colonies spread out over a large area, publicly declaring their independence from a government considered the wealthiest in the world. How could they win?

Possibly this was the birth of the true grit that Americans have become known for throughout the world. What a huge and monumental task our forefathers undertook. However, as we all know, freedom is not free. In the last 238 years, we have witnessed challenges to our quest for freedom, which we have paid with many lives. If we live a long life, I feel certain we will suffer future threats. However, I am also confident we shall overcome.

Possibly this is why Americans celebrate in so many ways on the Fourth of July. We are, and should be, proud of our heritage.

On July 4 Newberry residents had the wonderful opportunity to witness one of the best parades in this country, the Harper Street Bike Parade. It all started after the 9/11 tragedy by Harper Street resident Kirsten Lindsay who wanted to celebrate with area children and felt this was a great way for friends and neighbors to do something to celebrate their independence.

This is truly one of the most heartwarming parades I have ever witnessed. If you missed it this year, please mark it on your list of things to do for next year. Believe me, you will not be disappointed, and the camaraderie is heart warming. It starts at 9:30 a.m. so you are not required to get up early, that is unless you need to help with any last minute decorations for your child’s bicycle, scooter, wagon, roller-skates, or anything else they have chosen.

Here at your Chamber, we hope you had a very happy and safe Fourth of July. As a matter of fact, this is one holiday every American should celebrate. Chances are someone in your family has shed blood for our freedom, so we have that right. This week, why not stop by your Chamber and ask either Liz, Michelle, or myself about the fantastic benefits available simply by becoming a Chamber member. We would certainly enjoy meeting you.

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