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The Fourth of July

Picnics, parties, barbecues,
Hotdogs, hamburgers, watermelon, too,
Ice cream, baseball and frisbee throwing,
Hot sun, bathing suits, lake and beach going.

Sun sets and skies alight,
With fireworks bursting in the night,
Exploding colors in the sky,
This is how we honor the Fourth of July.

On July the Fourth, our Independence Day,
Our nation's flag is proudly on display.
We celebrate our freedoms won,
By frolicking with family, friends in the summer sun.

But lest we all forget the cost,
Let's take a moment to remember those lost.
The men and women, who through the years,
Have paid the price with blood, sweat and tears.

They gave their all to keep us free,
From deadly enemies and tyranny.
We enjoy our privileges and rights today,
Because on freedom's altar, their lives they laid.

So while you celebrate this joyous time,
Keep our Armed Forces in the front of your mind.
Thank them for the job they do,
Protecting this country for me and you.

7/4/12  by Kim Merryman
Entered into PD's "Any Poem During the Month of June or July" contest

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  1. Date: 7/13/2012 3:02:00 PM
    Great topic and presentation..It has great rhythm, and rhyme...Enjoyed reading this contest entry..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 5:13:00 AM
    congrats Kim on a brilliant win for a lovely stirring patriotic and fun write luv.. beautifully expressed feelings too.. thankxx for sharing this one..luv..

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 7:11:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "Any Poem" contest Kim. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 4:29:00 AM
    Kim.congrats on your win...David

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 4:00:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Kim

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:13:00 PM
    Kim ~ congratulations with your awesome win~ Good night~PD

  1. Date: 7/8/2012 8:56:00 AM
    A beautiful tribute and reminder of those who gave up everything for the freedom of your country Kim.. Hope you had an awesome 4th of July. God bless you :) Wilma

  1. Date: 7/7/2012 5:12:00 PM
    BRILLIANT, Kim!!! You've said it ALL! The fun and frolic, and the call to remember those lost in defense of our nation and our principles. BRAVO! Love, Keith :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 6:11:00 PM
    i appreciate your soldiers too, stars n stripes came to Aussie true, when we fought the Japanese might, true blue, too right....

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 9:13:00 AM
    Hope you had a great 4th of July, and thank you for sharing this a wonderful reminder of our priorities, have a blessed day luv vie

  1. Date: 7/5/2012 9:45:00 AM
    A great tribute to those we have lost, makes you stop and think how much they actually do whilst we are free to frolic

  1. Date: 7/5/2012 4:24:00 AM
    lovely tribute to the armed forces, Kim

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 9:06:00 PM
    hey, you were so nice to post a poem honoring the armed forces and this holiday. Good for you, and it was sure great to see you. Seems like a while since I saw you here.