Happy 4th of July! As you enjoy hot dogs, fireworks and barbecues with your families, let's take a moment to think of those men and women in uniform who are fighting to keep our country free so that we can celebrate and enjoy Independence Day!
On Thursday, Iolani School (where Nicki and Megan are spending their summer) held their 4th of July parade, and I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from that day.
The theme was Always Faithful. The program started with all the classes marching around the football field while the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band played a variety of patriotic songs on the field. Uncle Sam, one of the students dressed in a cute costume, was the emcee and he took a turn at conducting the band.
Besides all the parents and grandparents, you had the famous "Go for Broke" 442nd Regimental Combat Team from World War II taking part as well!
There was song and dance, and music that filled you with pride. But I must admit, my biggest moment of pride was when Nicki took her place on the field. You see, she was one of three students asked to recite her poem about America, and here it is:
A Recipe for America
By Nicki Lee
Mix fireworks and hamburgers in a White House bowl,
Add blueberries and strawberries and put them in whole.
Add a tablespoon of Democracy and a teaspoon of pie,
Then mix it and stir it, and watch the Bald Eagle fly!
Stir in the Liberty Bell and Yellowstone Park,
And make sure to say, "HI" to Amelia Earhart.
Add a bit of freedom and President Obama,
And when you are done, it should taste like America!!
See, even a 9-year-old knows what America tastes like ... yes, freedom is delicious!