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July 2, 2013

My Point Is: Celebrate with thankfulness

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — By publication date of this column, the City of London — assisted financially by the Laurel County Fiscal Court — and its dedicated volunteers will have pulled off yet another successful “Red, White & Boom” event to mark our nation’s independence.

To truly appreciate the Independence Day holiday, however, the annual Patriotic Concert by the London Community Orchestra is a must. The musical and video tribute to each branch of our military and the songs that tell the story of our nation stirs up both pride and tears of those who gave and continue to give so we can continue our way of life. Fireworks are fine, but remembering what they represent should be utmost in all celebrations. The patriotic concert, comprised of musicians from around the region, is the depiction of the Independence Day celebration, the true foundation of this country, and should be heralded in our community as such.

But the Fourth of July doesn’t end this year with just Red, White & Boom and the patriotic concert.

Thursday Night Live this week will highlight July 4th with the “Red White and Bluegrass” concert by the Flint Ridge Millers starting at 7 p.m.  and then citizens will attempt to break the world record for the most people eating a honey bun at one time in one place at around 8:30 p.m. London’s own Flowers Bakery — which produces an average of 10 million honey buns at the facility each week — is donating the honey buns. It is estimated that 550 people are needed to break the standing Guinness World Record, and with the support of the community, London, Ky., can become engraved in a world record that not only marks our presence in industry but in patriotic spirit as well.

It is a privilege to be a part of a community that strives so hard to provide free, or nearly free, activities to its citizens and focuses on our country’s historical significance in the world. That defines our community as a caring, comfortable place that is welcoming to everyone and, despite the many problems we face as a town and as a country, we have wonderful people who are willing to sacrifice of themselves for the betterment of the people who live here.

As we prepare for our nation’s birthday this week, let’s remember to be thankful for the freedoms we have, for those who ensure that it continues, and for the unrecognized blessings we so often take for granted.

Happy Birthday America, my home sweet home!

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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