After participating in several events to celebrate this year's Independence Day, I simply wanted to make some observations. First was "Light Up Arlington". What a remarkable event. I can't even venture a guess as to the number of people that were in attendance downtown. The music of the two feature bands was great and even the band in the Library parking lot was very enjoyable. The fireworks display was also exceptional, and seemed to go on forever.
The next morning was the 4th of July Parade. Wow, it is always impressive to see the number of entries, floats and bands that enter this event. It's just another annual event in Arlington that is planned and executed flawlessly. That evening there were fireworks on the field of play at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers out played the Seattle Mariners and then we were all treated to another wonderful fire works display. The fun continues with the Rangers hosting the Astros through the weekend.
It always amazes me that our founding fathers decided to go to war against the most powerful force on earth to win our independence. Can you imagine putting together an army to rival the British army and navy of that day. It is how our country started, and it shows the purpose and resolve of our ancestors. We are very much the same today. Our armed forces stand up around the world to maintain our liberty and freedoms, and those of other countries. I feel fortunate to be an American, and it is my responsibility to remember the heroes of the past. Winning our independence is one thing, but maintaining it is costly and of the utmost importance.
I hope you all had a great 4th of July.