Today is the 4th of July. In a little while Betty, Anneka and I are going to see the fireworks. Anneka loves to watch, but she is afraid of the "BOOM"! Being a student of history, I wonder about those farmers and shopkeepers who fought for our independence over 200 years ago. What did they do when they heard their first cannon shot, or the dying screams of a fellow solider? Forward 200 years to Iraq and Afghanistan. Not much has changed. Anneka will get over her fear of loud noises as did I. Today I am remembering those who are defending our freedoms and facing their fears. May God Bless them!