Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To Mark Independence Day

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

--Ronald Wilson Reagan


This movie is a favorite of mine, and is a wonderful way to celebrate the fourth of July, by remembering those who have purchased freedom with their own lives.

Please leave a comment and make sure I have your email address if you do not already own this movie.  

Winner to be announced on July 5th!

This movie is worth having and keeping, and especially worth watching during the celebration: we must remember the sacrifices of men who made it possible for us to live this unique American life.  

This movie is based on a true story, that of Chance Phelps; and it shows that any man who gives his life in service to his country is just as worthy as the man who did so before him:  there are no ranks at Dover--every man is treated the same.  

This movie is done with so much respect and reverence, and Kevin Bacon was superb in his depiction of a fellow Marine who voluntarily accompanies Chance's body home to his family.  

May it always be so, and may we always be willing to keep it so, it is up to us, you know, to guard freedom here at home while our soldiers guard it from afar.

Celebrate the Fourth of July while you can, for independence may become something we must fight for.  


Anonymous said...

Wow, Joni! This is exciting. Our community has lost 3 brave ones in the past week to a war that we have been told is OVER. Sad times.

I would love to have this movie, and am grateful to you for your generosity. I have not seen the movie yet, but am thankful that John Adams, the miniseries is now counted in the category of seen movies at my house! It was fabulous, and quite entertaining.

Here is my email address:
Debbie Myers

Hugs and my very best to you from SC!

Anonymous said...

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Amazing to consider the author of this fabulous writing, Katherine Lee Bates, attended Wellesley College. How far that institution has fallen from its roots, just as our nation has strayed.
"America the Beautiful" still brings tears to my eyes every time I sing it or hear it. I still believe in the best of America. All is not lost. We are in the hands of a Providential God.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Joni...that last post was from me....ooops. I lose track of where I am, on fb or your site or else where.

(Laughing at myself:)

Debbie M

Anonymous said...

Hi Joni,
I would love to be in the drawing for "Taking CHance". It sounds like a great reminder of the heroes that stand up to protect our freedoms and our lives. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Here is my email address:
Lorraine Badorek

aimee said...

To Debbie~
I'm sorry for the very great loss your community has suffered. No, the war is not over and there are still Americans who will leave their yellow ribbons in a tree till all of our brave men and women come home. God willing that will be soon.

To Joni~
Although I can't partipate in this great giveaway, I wanted you to know how much I love this movie! One of my favorite quotes is from this film---"You're his witness now. Without a witness, they just disappear." We won't let that happen.


aimee said...

Yikes -- typo! Participate:)
Early morn here and not much sleep last night because of the Colorado wildfires...

Angela said...

What a wonderful idea to celebrate our freedom! Thank you, Angela

Echoes From the Hill said...

I've never seen this movie, but would love to.
My grandfather, father, uncles, and brother all served in Wars, from WWI, WW2 and Vietnam.
We don't take our freedoms lightly.
Thanks for the posts you have had about this issue!

Brenda S Okie in Colorado said...

Thank you Joni for the opportunity to win the movie. It sounds like something every American should see. I love my country and praying some changes happen soon to get it back on track like it should be.
I must also thank you for your great blog and incredible love for God and your country.

denise said...

you said it all, sil is in the army 101st airborne 4th brigade field artillery and has deployed to afghanistan twice and will be going again in feb.2013.i am very proud of this young man. our freedom is not like him,my daffy,my brother and uncles fought to make sure of that for us.denise[]

Jaybird said...

Well, I came over here for you to help me complain about our oh so intelligent supreme court....and what do I find???? a lovely give-a-way!
Blessings to you my friend..
jbmusik at yahoo dot com

trump said...

A very good actor being Kevin Bacon. Richard

mary from Michigan said...

This is a wonderful movie I would love to own. I agree that we need to celebrate our freedoms while we can. So sad about the betrayal of all Americans perpetrated by John Roberts, Barack Obama and spineless politicians. The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.

~Christine~ said...

Love this movie...I don't own it but would LOVE to own it! It is the perfect movie for the 4th of July! Thanks for the opportunity!

Tammy B. said...

Hi Joni I have not seen this movie but would love to. My son just got out of the marines in Oct. being deployed 3 times in 4 years. On his last deployment to Afganistan he was hit with a road side bomb and is 80% disabled now. A mother's worst nightmare. But I thank god he came home alive. I say a prayer everyday for the men and women that risk there lives so we can be free. I would love to be in drawing for this movie. My e-mail address is: hugs to you and your family.

Holly said...

I haven't ever seen this sounds like one to watch!
I grew up a few miles from Fairchild AFB where my dad was stationed and have always had a deep love for those who are willing to sacrifice and defend our freedoms. We are so blessed in this amazing nation...I wish everyone could see that!
Please enter me into your drawing and have a blessed and safe 4th of July!!
Happy Birthday America!!

Glenda said...

I have not seen the movie but would love to. Please enter me in your drawing. I believe the only hope for our country is "If my people, which are called by My Name shall humble themselves and pray,and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land 2 Chronicles 7:14
email address

trump said...

Happy July 4 to everyone and Id like to invite everyone to my post "Lancaster on 4 wheels part 2 this coming Thursday. Richard