Thanks. For Liberty.

All the men and women who have fought and died so the rest of us can know liberty: we pause to remember your sacrifice today.

My very first trip to Liberty Island was long ago. That’s me on the left in the white T-shirt:

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No one in 1983 could have believed that the view through the spikes of Lady Liberty’s crown could ever change as much as it would…

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Enjoy the day’s gatherings, Americans. They seem an especial blessing from over here in China where it’s been a regular, quiet day.

Especially treasure your nearby loved ones.

And Remember.

Freedom has never been free. I’m grateful for those who’ve paid for mine.

God be near us all.