Place your hand over your heart

Celebrate freedom, honor and patriotism on the Fourth of July with these inspiring reminders.

“How will I honor their memory? By remembering to rise and place my hand over my heart when our national anthem is played. I will look up to the flag with pride as it waves gently in the wind.”

– From “Remember Them”

Fireworks, apple pie, backyard barbecues, a trip to the beach, and summer getaways with family and friends. They’re all at the top of the list for enjoying the perfect Fourth of July holiday weekend.

In the mad rush to have our share of fun, beat the holiday traffic, find the perfect swimsuit, choose the best non-toxic sunscreen, or pitch our tents at our favorite campsites, we easily forget to pause and remind ourselves how fortunate we are to be living in the land of the free.

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Perhaps we have somehow forgotten the true meaning behind the birth of our nation’s independence. If we truly remembered and held it sacred in our hearts, we would always remember to take off our hats, place our hands over our hearts and not forget the lyrics as we sing the national anthem.

Before you light those sparklers or slap those burgers on the grill, rekindle your love of country with the following reminders:

Sing the “Star Spangled Banner” with heart and pride
You can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride and patriotism after watching these high school students step out to the balconies from almost every floor of their 18-story hotel to collectively sing a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. View this YouTube video originally posted by Nate Thamann, February 9, 2017: “Kentucky All State Choir Conference, National Anthem 2017”

Honor their memory
This very touching tribute for a fallen soldier is a genuine and heartfelt expression of gratitude and honors the memory of those who served to fight and protect. View this YouTube video featured on Atlanta news station WSB-TV Action News, July 26, 2016:
“High School choir sings “Glory Hallelujah” as remains of soldier carried off plane”

Take the time to learn more about the birth of American independence
Visit History.com’s website to learn more about American Revolution History and the History of the Fourth of July 

Go ahead and enjoy your root beer floats, parades, concerts, clearance sales, hot dogs, picnics and more. In the midst of all the fireworks, pause and remember the battles fought, sacrifices made, lives lost—all in the name of freedom—so we are able to gather together, laugh, love, have fun and celebrate every Fourth of July.

Perhaps, you’ll feel more inspired and remember to place your hand over your heart when singing the national anthem, not just because it’s what we’re supposed to do, but because it’s what our heart tells us we should do.

Happy Fourth of July!

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