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Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2019

Only equal on the battlefield Efforts underway to honour Indigenous veterans

first_imgFrancis Pegahmagabow went to a recruitment office almost immediately after war was declared in 1914.The Ojibwa sniper from Wasauksing First Nation of Parry Island would serve with the 1st Infantry Battalion and went on to become one of the most decorated soldiers in the First World War.When he returned to Canada, his reputation as a brave soldier counted for very little and he didn’t receive the same rights or benefits as his white comrades.“They’d gone from being a soldier to just an Indian again,” said Scott Sheffield, associate professor at the University of Fraser Valley and author of a report on First Nations veterans that prompted a federal government apology in 2003.Indigenous people were part of every 20th-century conflict Canada was involved in and served in the Canadian military at a higher per-capita rate than any other group.About 4,000 First Nations men served in the First World War. After the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, they returned to Canada still unable to vote and largely shut out of the meagre benefits on offer.Although veterans were eligible to borrow money through the government for farm land, it was almost impossible for First Nations veterans to qualify.“Worse than that, around 80,000 acres of reserve land that was good for farming was actually taken away from reserves, mostly in the Prairies, and largely given to white settler veterans,” Sheffield said.That didn’t stop Indigenous people from taking up the call again when Canada joined the Second World War — about 4,300 enlisted.Thomas (Tommy) Prince, a member of the Brokenhead Ojibwa Nation in Manitoba, enlisted in 1940 and eventually was assigned to the Canadian-American First Special Service Force, known as the Devil’s Brigade. He became a legendary sniper, was awarded multiple medals and also served in the Korean War.Back in Canada, Prince ended up living in shelters and on the streets of Winnipeg until his death in 1977.After the Second World War, Indigenous veterans couldn’t get information from trained veterans affairs counsellors, and had to go through their Indian agent. It was difficult for them to connect with non-Indigenous comrades because they weren’t allowed in legion halls.They were also unable to get a loan-grant combination that helped veterans set up careers and businesses.But Indigenous men and women continued to enlist and serve in the military — from NATO duties during the Cold War to more recent tours in Afghanistan.Now an effort is underway to honour their sacrifice.Randi Gage, a Saginaw Chippewa from Michigan and a United States army veteran, organized the first Aboriginal Veterans Day in Manitoba in 1993. She wanted a day to honour them in their own communities but still allowed them to gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies.Nov. 8 was chosen because the number turned sideways is the Metis infinity symbol and it’s connected to some First Nations teachings, Gage said. She wrote letters to communities and veterans organizations to spread the word about the event.“Most of the letters came back the most racist, disgusting: ‘What the hell do you think you are doing?’, ‘What makes you so special?’” she said.But the event went ahead with a handful of veterans.The next year, National Aboriginal Veterans Day was inaugurated by Winnipeg’s city council. Gage said thousands of people attended to honour Indigenous veterans.“To see the pride in those guys, it still gets me today,” she said, starting to cry. “It started the discussion. It started people talking.”The 25th Aboriginal Veterans Day is being celebrated Thursday but Gage said there is still more work to do.The federal Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs has launched a study of benefits for Indigenous veterans.Veterans Affairs said in an emailed statement it is committed meeting the needs of Indigenous veterans and is talking to Aboriginal groups to determine the way forward.Meanwhile, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is holding a photographic exhibition, presented by the Embassy of Belgium, to celebrate the diversity of those who fought for the Allied effort. It includes images of Maori soldiers from New Zealand, Sikhs from the Indian Army Corps, and a photo of Indigenous recruits and elders from File Hills, Sask.A photo of Inuk sniper John Shiwak, who died on the battlefield in 1917, also hangs on the wall.Peter MacLeod, the museum’s director of research, said he hopes it changes the perspective of people who fought in the First World War.“There is a huge story there about the diversity of the Canadian corps and the war effort in general,” he said. “This exhibition … makes Canadians a bit more aware of the diversity in our country’s history and the contribution that all groups have made to Canada.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 15, 2019


first_imgSusanna Fournier inside Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where The Scavenger’s Daughter, the second part of her Empire Trilogy, is being staged. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In 2010, Susanna Fournier had a crisis of faith in the theatre, feeling frustrated by the limited opportunities she was seeing as an actor and playwright, so she spent the year writing three plays she considered unstageable in Toronto: weird, visually demanding, big casts, two acts, highly political and conceptually ambitious.Six years later she was having another crisis of faith, with a collection of unproduced plays and an injury limiting her movement, so she spent a sleepless week creating an application for the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter grant to celebrate Canada 150, as a last-ditch effort.On the day of the submission deadline, she moved to Berlin for five months with her collaborator ted witzel (who co-wrote the application with her and Leora Morris). Three weeks after she returned to Toronto, both crises were resolved in a letter granting her $108,000 to produce her “unstageable” Empire Trilogy. And in that moment, Fournier went from an underemployed artist to a Renaissance woman: to pull this off, she would need to become a playwright, an actor, a director, a producer, a fundraiser, a financial manager, an artistic director, a curator and morecenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Thus began the “steepest learning curve of my life,” she says.“My reaction was a mixture of terror and numbness. So much of my artistic perseverance has come from getting told no. And now I was being told yes,” says the 34-year-old writer in Little Italy’s Café Diplomatico, across the street from the restaurant she served at in 2010 when she began writing the Empire Trilogy. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2019

TCI Govt Estate needs 20M injection Minister announces rentcutting plan

first_img Related Items:#GoldrayEwing, #magneticmedianews, providenciales Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Millennium Highway road works not behind schedule says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Turks and Caicos, August 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Government says the country could save, over the medium to long term, as much as $24m in revenue with the estate strategy decided upon at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.    During his ministerial statement in the House of Assembly last month, Minister #GoldrayEwing said it would first take an investment though of $20m to resuscitate and renovate the Government properties across the islands.Minister Ewing said a government complex is coming for Provo.  “Mindful of the poor state of the existing Government Estate and the high level of costs associated with renting accommodations from within the private sector, to achieve savings in the medium to long term the Government is currently giving consideration to constructing purpose built accommodation in #Providenciales.   A Framework Document has already been produced and presented to Cabinet with a Working Party having subsequently been established to develop the concept further.”This will mean cutting down on rent to private citizens by Government, renegotiating existing leases and transferring financial liability to landlords if there are any new lease agreements for government office spaces.    The Minister said a government complex also makes sense for Grand Turk.#MagneticMediaNews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 11, 2019

VIDEO Watch Peking And The Mystics Perform A Concert On The Common

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s 2018 Concerts on the Common series continued on Wednesday, July 19 with a performance from Peking and the Mystics.  The a cappella group, which was formed by alumni of the Tufts University Beelzebubs, featured vintage vocals from such genres as swing, jazz, doo-wop and pop, representing every decade from the 1920s to the 1990s.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to record the event. Watch the concert the below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/5/5/e/e/2/655ee2ba-8341-44db-a037-0192a63ebd631532613072.604%2B37395771.647%40castus4-wilmington%2B15326391731532637066882626.vod.720p.Concert%20On%20The%20Common%20-%20Peking%20%26%20The%20Mystics_%20July%2018th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Meet Wilmington Recreation’s New Program Coordinator Bret SawinIn “Videos”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 11, 2019

WCTV To Hold Live 2Hour Show On Nov 28 To Highlight Wilmingtons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from Wilmington Community Television’s Executive Director Shaun Neville:With so many great causes and dedicated people across town, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of just how many organizations are making a difference in Wilmington. From helping in the schools to assisting retirees; finding support for substance abuse issues as well as those with physical disabilities. Add in the folks who help run big Wilmington events and town departments, and you’re up to dozens of groups.WCTV seeks to bring these people together for a special night that we’re tentatively calling “Organization Night”. On Wednesday, November 28th, WCTV will host a live 2 hour program (Comcast 9 / Verizon 37) featuring dozens of community leaders and organizers who make Wilmington a great place to live.Not only will this program inform viewers about the various groups that are around town, but it will also offer details on how you can support their mission, whether it be monetary contributions or through volunteer work.We’ve already begun calling town organizations to participate in this event, but won’t be able to fit all of them in that night. If you belong to a local organization and haven’t yet heard from us, contact Lisa Kapala (lkapala@wctv.org) and we’ll figure out a way to either record a short 1-minute PSA with your group ahead of time or at least get some details on your group to include that evening.Our goal is to connect our community through this special live event, educating the public about all the good that is going on in the town of Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”VIDEO: WCTV Releases “Wilmington Remembers”: A Documentary About Mid-20th Century WilmingtonIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Learn About A Bill At The State House That Will Help WCTV & Other Local Access TV StationsIn “Community”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 11, 2019

Robertson Reports Robocalls Social Media Campaign About Him Are Misleading Mass Fiscal

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office and a response from the Mass. Fiscal Alliance, the entity behind the social media campaign Robertson believes is misleading.Press Release From State Rep. Dave RobertsonOver the past few days, a number of constituents have called my office or stopped me to discuss a robo-call they had received, or a social media campaign they’d seen, that claimed “an 80 percent tax increase” was supposedly railroaded through a constitutional convention in a secretive manner, supported by me. Perhaps what should have been said instead, which is the true story, is that I voted to approve a ballot question allowing voters to make their opinions heard on raising the tax on income over the million-dollar-a-year mark from 5.1 to 9.1% on the 2022 ballot. That is the honest truth and you can put your faith in it; I voted to let you make your voices heard in the most direct and democratic process imaginable, and to them, that is somehow unforgiveable.Firstly, for those who may not have followed the Fair Share Amendment question, which the special interests group is calling a “tax raise on you,” the proposed amendment is a proposal to tax individuals earning over $1 million dollars a year in income (or 83,000 a month) at 9.1% any earnings over a million dollars. While this is an 80 percent increase it would apply only on dollar one-million-and-one and upwards of income, not at a rate of 80 percent. This money, if approved by the voters is earmarked solely for education and transportation within communities. It cannot be used for pet projects or wasteful spending but rather only towards helping pay off schools, incorporating unincorporated streets, and providing special needs services. Assets would not count. Tewksbury and Wilmington each have about a dozen individuals this would apply to, according to the 2016 Department of Revenue data.So now that you know the truth you, are probably wondering, “Why am I receiving this call if what it’s saying has already happened, has not and will not occur?” That’s a great question. To put it plainly, it’s a blatant use of scare tactics to at misconstrue truth and at worst, deliberately spread misinformation. The initiative that the robo-call concerned, polled popularly in Massachusetts just last year, with WBUR reporting 77% of those in favor of the question at one point. Over 150,000 people signed the initial petition to get the ballot initiative up for a vote in 2018, but the special interest group that paid for the aforementioned robo-callf fought this initiative from ending up on the ballot in 2018. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in their favor, not on legality, but on technicality, saying that such a large question needed to be divided. Even one of the chief plaintiffs in the case stated upon victory “This case was not about whether a graduated income tax is good public policy or bad public policy, it was about how the proponents tried to achieve it.” So now with their temporary victory behind them and popular opinion moving the issue forward, they call up you to make an utterly baseless claim that a tax of 80% is headed to be set on you…Personally I see this as an opportunity to reduce taxes for those in the working and middle classes. Wilmington’s 2016 average income per capita was $43,302 and Tewksbury’s was $39,329 meaning people subject to the tax that this ballot initiative would put in place earn the average yearly income of a local resident’s income in about 2 weeks. By using this state money to offset local costs, our towns can contain our property tax rates and subsequently provide superior services. Others disagree, and have great concerns, and I believe should have a chance to state their case. Hence why I voted for this initiative to appear as a ballot question, and one that could be debated and decided directly by the citizens of the Commonwealth.During my campaign, I pledged myself to always be honest and accessible while in office, and I hope that by telling you the truth on this issue I am doing so. I will always support an opportunity for the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington to make their voices heard on an issue that impacts them directly. I would never support a tax of 80%, nor an increase on the working and middle class folks who are the real job creators. So, in the unlikely event you get a real person from these special interest groups on the phone ask them why they don’t want you to have a direct voice in the future of the state, and why they won’t tell you the straightforward truth. I bet you if you do, you won’t be called again.Response From Mass. Fiscal AllianceWhere to even begin with this? It sounds more like a fairytale than reality. MassFiscal has social media ads on Facebook educating the public on next week’s vote on June 12. I can’t speak to whatever other claims he’s making. Lawmakers will vote to begin the long process of amending the state constitution to add a 80% tax increase to some taxpayers.The graduated income tax is nothing new, in fact, past failed attempts to remove the state constitutional guarantee of equal taxation has failed five times. Below is how Tewksbury and Wilmington voters voted on it during the last three opportunities (the earlier years are not available on the state website).Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states that have a flat tax and it’s one of the main reasons why our state stays relatively economically competitive. Adding a 80% tax increase to our state’s high earners would only drive them out of state, which would then put the state at economic disadvantage. Just look at what happened in Connecticut as proof. Once the constitutional guarantee is removed, which is what Rep. Robertson is advocating for, lawmakers can then tax other tax brackets. If you believe politicians would spend years working to change the state constitution, just so that they can only pass an 80% tax increase on high earners and no one else, then you are truly gullible.Massachusetts taxpayers cannot afford a 80% tax increase, and it’s unfortunate Rep. Robertson is working so hard to change the state constitution that protects taxpayers from tax hike schemes like this.(Editor’s Note: Wilmington Apple has not heard the robocall or seen the social media campaign in question. Please note that Mass. Fiscal Alliance has said it is not associated with any sort of robocall. If you received the robocall in question, please contact wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 10, 2019

Chris Hemsworth workout app wants to train you like Thor

first_img reading • Chris Hemsworth workout app wants to train you like Thor 1:06 1 14 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tech essentials for fitness buffs Health and Wellness Tags Comment Review • ClassPass Live puts a studio workout on your TV ClassPass Live Aug 1 • National rollout of Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is here See Allcenter_img Health and Wellness Jul 23 • Apple Watch ECG vs. hospital EKG: Not the results I was expecting • Share your voice The Avengers: Infinity War star says in his post that the project has been in development for a number of years, and a global launch is planned for February.Centr says all of the experts in the app are hand-selected by either Hemsworth or his wife Elsa, which include workouts by his personal trainer Luke Zocchi, Special Ops trainer Joseph ‘Da Rulk’ Sakoda, Hollywood trainer Gunner Peterson and chef Dan Churchill.Rates for the Hemsworth-approved plan are currently $16 or AU$20 per month (roughly converting to £12), $37 or AU$48 for three months and $94 or AU$120 for a year.It’s worth noting that there’s a lot of competition in the workout app field. The ClassPass service now has ClassPass Live for home workouts, Fitbit has its own Fitbit Coach app and celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels also have their own fitness subscriptions available. Aug 19 • The LavvieBot S litter box is the smartest place for your cats to poop Chris Hemsworth is launching a workout app, targeting all the muscles. Centr Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is jacked and we all know it. Now he’s sharing fitness tips in the form of an upcoming workout app.Hemsworth revealed the Centr fitness training app this week (h/t Engadget). For a subscription fee, it provides workouts for the home and the gym, along with recipes.Centr says the app provides advice curated by Hemsworth’s team of experts, and a trailer he put up on Instagram shows Hemsworth doing more workouts in a minute than I probably did in the past month.Read more: Peloton, Daily Burn and more: The best workout video apps Fitness equipment that’s clever enough for your smart home Jul 29 • Elvie’s wearable breast pump feels like breaking out of jail Marvel Thor Fitness Mobilelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 10, 2019

Bird will deliver you a scooter then pick it up when youre

first_imgWith its monthly personal rental plan, Bird will deliver a scooter right to your house. Bird Bird scooters introduced a new service on Tuesday it’s calling “monthly personal rentals.” The idea is to sign people up for $25 monthly plans and they can scoot all they want during that time. The company will just drop off a scooter wherever you are and then pick it back up when you’re done.”Renting a Bird for an entire month of unlimited use will cost less than just a couple of ride hail trips or parking garage days in most cities,” Bird founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden said in a statement. “With personal rentals, we are providing greater access to a sustainable form of transportation that people can depend upon for more affordable and convenient daily commuting needs.”Bird didn’t clarify exactly how the system works, however, and just how sustainable it is. It’s unclear if the scooters are delivered and picked up on an hourly, daily or monthly basis — or if users are supposed to hang onto the scooters as long as they have the monthly subscription plan.”As the amount of time people spend in their car commuting increases around the world, so does the amount of carbon emissions polluting our planet,” the company wrote in a statement. “Personal rentals offers commuters the ability to exchange the daily trudge that has become all too common — losing hours every week sitting idle in traffic, day in and day out — with a more reliable and sustainable alternative.”Initially, Bird is rolling out its new service in San Francisco and Barcelona — both cities that don’t currently have its normal dockless scooter rentals. San Francisco temporarily banned Bird after it unloaded thousands of its scooters around the city without permission in March 2018. And Barcelona cracked down on the vehicles, forbidding people from riding them on sidewalks and in certain parts of the city, after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a scooter rider in November. Scooter disruption Electric scooters are invading. Bird’s CEO leads the charge The mad, twisted tale of the electric scooter craze Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads Share your voice Bird appears to be working around these restrictions with its personal rentals plan. Instead of having the dockless scooters on street corners across the city, it’s treating the vehicles as personal items. When someone who’s paying for the monthly plan opens the Bird app, they enter when and where they want the scooter. Once the order is placed, Bird will arrange for their scooter, charger and lock to be delivered. When the rental period expires, Bird said it will pick up everything up from the user’s location.The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said Bird didn’t first clear its new service with the agency.”We learned about this new program today and are going to get more details to determine whether or not it complies with existing regulations,” agency spokesman Paul Rose told CNET.Bird said its monthly plans will be available in San Francisco and Barcelona in coming weeks and it’ll add additional cities in coming months. It’s also created a wait list for other cities that want to opt into the program.Originally published April 30, 6 a.m. PT. Update, 6 p.m.: Adds comment from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose. 1center_img Comment Mobile Roadshow Bird scooters Tagslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 5, 2019

Aishwarya Rajeshs marriage Is she really tying the knot this year Here

first_imgAishwarya Rajesh.PR HandoutAishwarya Rajesh has responded to the rumours which claimed that she had found her soulmate and would tie the knot this year. Well, she has wondered at the rumours stating that she is curious to know about her rumoured beau.”Hey guys I have been hearing rumours on my love story… pls let me also know who tat guy is .. very much eager to know pls stop spreading such fake news … if something happens I would be first person to inform u all .. very much single an happie have a great weekend. [sic]” she tweeted. Thus putting an end to the speculations.The rumours had taken her fans by surprise considering the projects that she has in her hands. Aishwarya Rajesh, who had won a lot of appreciation for her role in Kanaa, is now part of Vikram’s delayed Dhruva Natchathiram, Ashwin Kakumanu’s Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kathai and Seenu Ramasamy’s Idam Porul Yaeval.The actress has recently signed Sivakarthikeyan’s film with Pandiraj and will be seen in an important role in Kranthi Madhav’s next with Vijay Deverakonda. The actress has Mismatch, Vada Chennai 2 and a few other films in her kitty.In short, she has over a dozen films in different stages of making which clearly indicates that she has very less time even to think about the marriage.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 5, 2019

Fourth of July 2019 Patriotic quotes wishes and messages to share on

first_imgHappy Fourth of July.ReutersThe annual Fourth of July celebrations will have many elements this year including US President Donald Trump displaying defence capabilities and delivering his “Salute to America” speech at Lincoln Memorial. The US Independence Day, July the Fourth or July 4, is the annual celebration of the adoption of Declaration of Independence of the US that took place on July 4, 1776.For the first time, demonstration of military prowess such as the M1 Abrams tanks, M4 Sherman tanks, flyovers by Air Force One, and the US Navy’s Blue Angels jet squadron will take place on the 243rd Fourth of July celebrations in Washington DC.The focus will be on honouring America’s armed forces, revealed an official statement by the Department of Interior. “Salute to America will honour each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others,” the statement said.The area was earlier closed due to its proximity to the fireworks launch site. This year, the administration has shifted the launch site from Reflecting Pool to the West Potomac Park to make the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial and Constitution Gardens accessible to the public.In addition to Salute to America, the other events will be the National Independence Day Parade, A Capitol Fourth- the annual concert performed on the West Lawns of the United States Capitol Building and the annual fireworks display.Every year, the country celebrates the holiday with fireworks, parades, barbecues, family reunions, concerts, fairs and trips to different places.Here are some Patriotic quotes, messages and wishes that can be shared with loved ones on the US Independence Day  2019Quotes for sharingThe democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. – Thomas Jefferson Where liberty dwells, there is my country. – Benjamin Franklin​Wishes and messages to send”Let us never forget the sweat, toil and sacrifices of the brave souls that fought and served for the pride and peace of our nation. Happy 4th of July!” “The independence that we enjoy today would not have been possible without your efforts, so a big thank you to the leaders who have fought for the independence and sacrificed their lives. Hope the country always prospers and grows by leaps and bounds.” “Let each one of us make a promise, that as long as we live, we will be good citizens of our country in the best of our capabilities and we will help America grow into a better nation with each passing day.” I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit. – Theodore Roosevelt In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. – Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. – Albert Camus We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to. – Ronald Reagan I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home – Henry James The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson “This independence day brings forth a new hope to make our tomorrows most beautiful and cherished. Wishing everyone a very happy 4th of July.” “On this special day, let us take come forward and make a promise to take our nation on the path of prosperity so that people can live a happy life. Happy independence day to all.” I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it. – John Thunelast_img read more