Independence Day Brings Out My Red, White And Blue Spirit


Ginnie BakerI’m a “dyed in the wool,” true blue American and the Fourth of July brings out all of my patriotism.

We’ll have our annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Bellville, honoring all of our veterans and those brave men and women who are currently serving in the military. Our local groups and floats, including the Bellville American Legion Post and the Bellville AmVets, will march down Main Street as all of us proudly wave the American Flag, cheering as the groups march past.

American FlagI have the American Flag flying every day but on this special day, it seems to wave in the breeze with a special kind of pride.

My family, my grandparents and my mom at the age of 4, came to this country from Austria-Hungary in the late 1920s. They were very proud of becoming U.S. citizens; I have all of their citizenship papers safely tucked away.

My grandmother made sure that they all learned to speak English quickly because they “were now U.S. citizens” and very proud of it. I guess that American pride was instilled in me at a very early age.

Every year, I get a red, white and blue hanging basket in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday. For some reason, the Fourth of July also makes me feel that the summer is half over even though it really has just begun!

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