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“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In honour of The U.S.’s 242nd  anniversary of independence, and Canada’s 151st, and in keeping with the associated fireworks and family gatherings, a couple of quotes from some folks I admire.

Let us never forget what our forefathers so vigorously fought for: Freedom.

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” ~Robert J. McCracken  

All we have of freedom, all we use or know —
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

“You have to love nations that celebrate their independence every July, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House [or Parliament Hill] in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

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