Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

On the 4th of July Adria and I went to watch the Anchorage Independence Day Parade with some friends. Here are a few of the entries in the parade that I found interesting:

If you can't view the slideshow, the pictures can be viewed here

Having been to this parade and the 4th of July parade last year at Cannon Beach, I am of the opinion that a parade isn't a good medium to celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. Of all of the entries in the parade, only a float that depicted the Boston Tea Party even attempted to remind us of the events and struggles that led up to our country gaining it's Independence. Nor was there (or can there be in a parade) much teaching or discussion about some of the principles upon which our nation was founded. So while large portions of the parade focused on celebrating members of the military both past and present and to remind the parade viewers that "Freedom Isn't Free", there was nothing about the benefits that our freedoms provide. I think of it like this: imagine that there was a garden, and the owner of the garden built a fence around the garden so that wandering moose or other woodland creatures don't get into the garden and ruin the vegetables. At the end of the summer when the owner of the garden harvests the vegetables instead of talking with his friends about the fruits of the garden that he planted, he just talks about how great the fence that he built was. This would seem weird, but it is what overwhelmingly happens at 4th of July parades when they have various military organizations walk by, but with very little focus put onto what exactly they are protecting.

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