Metro Message

I hope you all enjoyed the Fourth of July Holiday and found some time to relax. This past weekend reminds me of how strong our country is. We celebrated the birth of our Nation as we always do; great music, great fireworks, great cookouts, and great times with family and friends. The United States of America remains the strongest in the world due to our unique history and our ability to all come together and share our history and dreams of the future. We all know that Freedom is not Free, but it is worth the price we pay. We all should find ways that we can help continue to make The Home of The Free and The Land of The Brave the strongest, most productive, proudest Nation on the planet. Thank you for contributing to our business, community, and country.



On the Fourth of July, I raised the flag,
As I spoke with love and pride:
"I'm blessed to be an American," I said,
To two friends who stood by my side.

One was my neighbor, who lives next door,
He's a citizen, like me.
The other, a visitor from a hard, oppressed land,
Far across the sea.

"My flag stays in its box this year,"
Said my neighbor, boiling mad."
The terrible shape this country's in,
The future looks nothing but bad.

"Taxes, scandal, indifference and crime,
On our land like a giant stain."
My visitor said, "We have all that, and worse,
But it's against the law to complain."

My neighbor looked startled, but not subdued;
Then he started in on the Press:
"There's nothing but bad news; the headlines are bleak."
(It gets me down, too, I confess.)

"Our news is all good," said my visitor.
"It's just how you'd like to be.
We know what our government wants us to know;
Our press is controlled, you see."

My neighbor spun 'round and marched toward his house,
And here is the end to my story:
The next time we saw him, he was out in his yard,
Proudly raising Old Glory.

By Joanna Fuchs


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
John Dickinson

Better to starve free than be a fat slave.

Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
Calvin Coolidge

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
George William Curtis

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
Albert Einstein

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
William Jefferson Clinton

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