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God Bless America

A couple of anniversaries of note. The Big One of course. Happy Birthday America.

Plus, my grandfather, James Burton Walker, God rest his soul. Happy Birthday Grandpa. As many grandsons would say, a finer man I have not met. In fact, he gives me one of my standard lines in closing arguments. "The judge has given you the law, and you now understand the facts of this case. But before the judge instructed you, you already knew what was right. Your grandfather and your grandmother, as well as your parents and many others in life had already taught you. You know what is right and wrong, and we're asking you to make the right decision today." My grandfather was a proud American, and I as equally proud of him. He would always joke that the entire country celebrated his birthday.

Then, there's Ann Landers too, God rest her soul. There's also Neil Simon, Gina Lollobrigida, President John Calvin Coolidge and Louis B. Mayer, God rest their souls.

For those who died on the Fourth of July, there are Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, as did modern-day lover of bucolic Americana, Charles Kuralt. Also Madam Marie Curie, who died from leukemia caused by the radiation she researched to discover radium and polonium and in isolating radium.

We also celebrate many other fallen heroes, who gave their lives so we could live in a free democracy. I can write whatever I please (today is MIPTC's 11 month anniversary - just one month shy of a year's worth of entries), you can read whatever you please, and we both can say whatever we please.

God bless America, and all of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Thanks, from one who briefly served his country, but will never understand that ultimate sacrifice that you gave.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, July 04, 2004

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