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Abraham Hatfield Honors the Fourth of July

July 04, 2018

Abraham Hatfield Honors the Fourth of July

"We are in the very midst of a revolution," wrote John Adams, "the most complete, unexpected, and remarkable of any in the history of nations."
 --quote from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize winning title, "1776"

I read this book when it was first published, in 2005. I found it stirring, intense, and powerful. An avid reader and "armchair historian" I have long been a student of our country's history and have been fascinated by our origin events.

Today, we honor and celebrate the very start of our nation with pomp and circumstance including parades, fireworks, and family gatherings. John Adams predicted as much. I am not a fan of "July 4th Sales" and other attempts to put a commercial spin on the day - but that is probably for another blog.

I am Abraham Hatfield and the roots of my family history go back to the Revolutionary War - one family member fought valiantly and bravely and was awarded a tract of farmland in Ohio as payment for his years of service. Other members of my family tree fought in the Blue uniform during the Civil War - some did not come home, one languished in Libby Prison and came home at 60 pounds.

Please take a moment today, during your celebrations, to remember those who have paid the price for the freedom we enjoy today. And, give thanks for those that continue to serve and protect us. Yes, we have Memorial Day and Veterans Day to honor those that serve but let us not forget that our roots began with a dream of our founders who put their lives on the line and fought with bravery for a vision of a nation we call home today. 

Like Mary Etta Morse, I am new to this writing game but find myself intrigued and enthusiastic by the invitation of the editor of the OutWest Scout, OutWest's own Miss Bobbi Jean, to share my thoughts and such. Part II my July 4th column continues tomorrow, July 5th. Hope you will join me.

ABRAHAM HATFIELD writes for the OutWest Scout, the blog of OutWest Shop. Follow him!
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