Last night my husband and I decided to attend our town's annual 4th of July "Hometown" celebration at the beach. We really didn't know what to expect exactly, but we knew there would be fireworks.
Now, I've lived in this particular town in Florida for 15 years already but it still doesn't fell like MY hometown. I suppose it never will. HOWEVER....much to my delight..we found some seats at the beach amphitheater and a little lady was handing out flags to wave...then the music started (ok it was recorded but that's ok) and a terrific ensemble of performers marched out onto the stage..in patriotic costumes
..can you imagine a homemade costume of a walking Liberty Bell?
or The Statue Of Liberty..
Even Betsy Ross was there
in addition there were dancers with red, white and blue sequined outfits
..it was absolutely marvelous!!!! They played all the old standard patriotic songs and I found myself singing along..as I knew all the words...I learned all of those songs in grade school....do they still teach kids :
You're a grand Ol' Flag, Your a High Flyin' Flag
This issssssssssssssssssss MYYYYYYYYYYYY Country...Land That I Love.. etc??
At 9:00 the music continued and the fireworks began...Newer songs like Proud To Be An American, American Soldier, Born In The USA, Ray Charles' God Bless America blared from the speakers only rivaled by the explosions of the bombs. It was a red, white and blue sensory wonderland..one that I will not soon forget. I loved every hokey minute of it. I felt like I was home....again. I guess...home is where the the heart is...feels really good to be an American.