I know that I am a day early but I am headed out of town. I love, love, love, this holiday. I have always been very patriotic. Different experiences in my life have contributed to my ever increasing patriotism. One such occasion was a trip with my dad to Boston. We saw several historic spots that made history come alive...Boston Harbor where the tea party took place...Concord where the shot heard round the world happened...and you can't feel more patriotic than watching the Sox play on their home turf. Later I spent the fourth with Shane in Germany and Austria. I remember very distinctly we were on a bus in Germany headed for Austria where there is no evidence of it being an important holiday to us. As a choir we began to sing in four part harmony our National Anthem. Tears welled up in all of our eyes because of our deep love and respect for our beloved country. I know our country has a lot of problems and we are so far from perfect but I also know the freedoms which we do enjoy had a high price tag on them and I am forever indebted to those who have and continue to preserve those freedoms. God Bless America!!