Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day

Saturday is the Fourth of July.

The day we celebrate our Independence.

Every year I watch the video below and it gives me chills.

It was written by John Mitchum in 1973 and narrated by John Wayne.

I really hope everyone knows who John Wayne is.

Please don't tell me you don't.

I couldn't bear it.



While looking for that video I found another one.

One that I think is still relevant today.

Or at least should be.

America isn't perfect, but I love her and I will be celebrating the independence of our beautiful country with pride.

That said...

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, but please listen to Andy and Opie and remember...




  1. A little choked up here Rue, watching your videos...and John Wayne huh? They just don' t make them like anymore. Pity.

  2. I remember, I remember, Rue. Bittersweet, isn't it? Loved John Wayne!!! xo Diana

  3. Great links and advice, Rue. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Oh Rue, you are truly a breath of fresh air. Your posts on manners and being polite give me hope for the future. This post on patriotism is awesome. Have a wonderful Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July celebration.

  5. Yep, love it. I just read that about 3.6 million dollars (US) are spent each year on flags made in China. Is it just me or does that seem wrong? Also, love that your heading is Independence Day and not 4th of July - might be silly but it bugs me when folks just call it the 4th.
    (ps - do you like J Cash's Ragged Ol' Flag song too:?)

  6. Great post Rue! Have a fabulous 4th!

  7. John and Andy = Americana. I love the song by Lee Greenwood, "God Bless The U.S.A." Have a fun filled Patriotic weekend Rue. Kathleen in Az

  8. I love this! He did love this country, didn't he? No country is perfect but this is a wonderful country we live in.

    I hope you have a good 4th, Rue! Family and friends will be here with us. Some will go later downtown to watch Nashville's amazing fireworks display in person and to listen to the stars perform, but R.H. and I will watch it on t.v. and put our toes up.

    Love to you in your beautiful neighborhood,

  9. No big plans here for us...we're just hanging at home, getting some projects done, but also finding some time to just relax. We're not going to see the fireworks - I don't like crowds - but perhaps we'll see them from our house. Have a great weekend!

  10. Have a brilliant weekend ...

    All the best Jan

  11. Wishing you a Happy and Safe 4th of July,

  12. Happy 4th back at ya!!!!! LOVE that vintage flag/4th poster!!! Yes, I know who John Wayne is. What would Mr. Wayne think of today's happenings???
    Ok, I have to admit, back in the day, I had a crush on Andy Taylor!!!! Thought he was the true spirit of what a man should be. Kind, understanding, fair and HANDSOME!!!! Of course he was too old for me but, I still enjoy watching reruns of those shows.

  13. Loved you post and the opportunity to reflect on Independence Day!

  14. Fabulous! I have never heard that video. I am saving the second so I'll tiptoe back and watch later. Have a happy, safe Independence Day!

  15. chills yes.
    and tears.
    thank you rue.
    happy independence day to you and yours!

  16. I still watch andy and opie and john wayne!!! Lol happy july 4th!!!

  17. We are big John Wayne lovers in this house! I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Hugs!!!

  18. Lovely post Rue! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! And, hope you have a lovely Sunday too!

  19. Wonderful post, Rue! I remember John Wayne! My favorite is when he was on I Love Lucy! Thanks for the videos! Hope your 4th was a good one!

  20. I was never a fan of John Wayne...but loved Andy and Opie and still watch their reruns...


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