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Independence Day

By Remy Benoit

Every time I listen to Bill Pullman deliver this speech I ask myself why we cannot come together like this without an alien invasion. Why can't we see that we all want the best for our children; we all laugh, cry, sing, dance, get sick, even die.
Why can't we recognize that we all just need love, food, clothes, decent housing and respect?

Why can't we understand that all we send to war know horror and need us to be there for them?

Listen to Bill again and ask yourself these questions; then go find the answers to them and act on those answers. Today We Celebrate Our Independence.

This one is for you, Ron Kovic. Happy Birthday from all of us with our love and respect! How appropriate that such a voice for freedom and peace was Born on the 4th of July.


Brother Ron, Happy birthday young man(I am 2 years your senior).I write this a day early on the West Coast, but if I wait I will no doubt forget. I salute you on this day of general celebration and backyard barbecues. You served honorably and bravely and you courageously and effectively challenged the powerful and entrenched interests who sent us to fight in a war based upon lies, deception and bad faith. You spoke up for those of us who either couldn't or wouldn't. You have been one of those who have inspired this old soldier to reexamine nearly all my cherished beliefs, learn from my mistakes and get off my ass and do something about it. So, I hope you get to have some fun today and know that there are many of us who love you and wish you all the very best. Fmr Sgt. Christopher Gaynor Republic of Viet Nam '67-'68

Posted by: Fmr Sgt. Christopher Gaynor, at 2011-07-04 03:41:57

Happy birthday, Ron. Enjoy it, and thanks for your service. -Paul Wasserman

Posted by: Paul Wasserman, at 2011-07-04 16:15:02

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