Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

I am taking part in Kari and Kijsa's, "Join Us for the Fabulous Flag Flying Fourth" extravaganza going on over at their blog. Click the link above to see links for many more patriotic posts on participating blogs today. Thanks, Kari & Kijsa!

I am proudly flying the American flag at my home this holiday, but I thought I'd show another symbol of liberty for our great country.

I'll be watching the fireworks in the sky over Lady Liberty on July 4th! God Bless the USA!



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The New Colossus

~ Emma Lazarus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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This famous sonnet written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, is graven on a tablet within the pedestal on which The Statue of Liberty stands.

I salute all immigrants, past, present and future, who have entered, and will enter, our shores with a desire to enjoy America's freedoms, and who make our nation great.

Happy 4th of July to one and all!

28 comments:

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Happy Independence Day and Fourth of July, Pat. Enjoy the fireworks over the Lady of Liberty!

Betsy said...

Count me in for patriotic posts! This one is gorgeous! Happy 4th!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
I've been wondering what you would post! I should have known!! It is beautiful....wish I could see it and I will one day!

Will you be able to see the fireworks from your home?

Thanks for all the little extras you tell us!

M.Kate said...

Happy 4th of July and happy weekend too :)

Melanie said...

Hia Pat, happy Independance Day. Having read up a bit, I can see why you lot wanted to leave us lot- wasn't that sort of colonialism terrible!?

The Statue of Liberty is such an inspiring sight.

Ooo as I'm catching up- loved the market in your previous post. Wonderful arrangement of the food. I'm glad the old building is being re-used.

steviewren said...

May America always be "A Golden Door" for those who come here. Happy 4th Pat. Like I said on another blog today...God Bless America-Land That I Love!

Alex said...

Happy 4th of July!! :)

Beverly said...

Pat, just perfect. What better symbol of our treasured liberty.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I still remember my visit to this great lady.

Judy said...

A beautiful post on your country's special day. Happy July 4th to you and yours!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Pat, another beautiful post. Happy 4th of July. Karen

LOUISE said...

Enjoy the fireworks Pat. Happy 4th of July. x

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Pat!
Oh how fabulous to actually stand there and take a photo of that great Lady Liberty! Someday... someday.
Happy 4th to you and your hubby!!
Hugs, Sherry & Wes

Barb said...

Hi Pat,

Spectacular! Enjoy the "real" fireworks. I am so glad you had fun with mine.

Happy, blessed 4th.

hugs, Barb

Cori G. said...

Pat, you took such a beautiful picture! I love how she's off to the side with all the moody clouds surrounding her.
I hope you have a wonderful Independence day!
:) Cori

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Pat, Loved your photos & post today! And as a huge fan of NYC, am just a bit ebvious of you being able to enjoy those fireworks displayed over our "Lady Liberty"!...Enjoy them!...Heidi :)

hautemommy said...

Ah! I can't even tell you how jealous I am that you will be enjoying NYC fireworks tonite! I live in California, but wish I was in New York all the time! :) Enjoy it for me and happy 4th of July! xoxox!

Mrs. G. said...

Happy 4th!

Tara said...

Pat

Hope you are enjoying the fourth with you and yours!

Elizabeth said...

I'm a naturalized American of British ancestry.
It is indeed a great country.
Just been up on the roof watching the fireworks.......in the rain.
Greetings from Chelsea.

My Crafty Little Page said...

This is the first blog with the S of L that I've seen today. Thanks, loved your post - Nancy

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

When I was here yesterday reading your post, I thought, "Oh sure, Pat can haul out the really big guns down there in NYC!" LOL!

What a wonderful post. I was so touched by seeing Lady Liberty and reading, once again, Emma Lazurus's poetry. Thank you!

Hope that you and yours are enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend.

Lisa B. said...

Happy belated 4th of July to you! Aren't we all so proud of the beautiful ideals that our country was founded on?!

willow said...

Beautiful post, Pat! Hope you and yours are enjoying the holiday weekend! :)

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh there can not be a better place to view Fireworks then over Lady Liberty! How wonderful!

Everytime I see her I remember when I climbed up all those stairs to reach her crown.

Out of all the things I did in New York that is the thing I'm the most happy I did.

Hugs,
Joanne

Rue said...

Hi Pat :)

She is so beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

hugs,
rue

Kathy said...

Hi Pat, I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The statue of Liberty is such an awesome landmark, I hope I get to see it for real soon.

Thank you for the tips on growing Basil, I have been having so much trouble growing it.

hugs, Kathy.

Fifi Flowers said...

Love the LADY! Looks like lots of FUN and GOOD food... and lots of people... WOW!