Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day

Today my wife and I ventured into Downtown Anchorage for the annual 4th of July celebration. While we were there we saw, among the thousands of people, a Sudanese family wearing traditional Sudanese clothing, a Latino man selling empanadas from his van, a Samoan family BBQing chicken at their food booth, a Native Alaskan selling handmade crafts, and lots of other cultures that were well represented. Seeing the vast diversity downtown made the reality of independence and freedom hit home for me. One of the greatest things about our country is the idea of "America." The belief that this is a place that you can be who you are, and become whatever you want is a powerful one. I am glad that despite different political, religious and personal views we can gather, celebrate and enjoy the freedom that we all have as Americans. Happy 4th of July!

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