What does Independence Day mean to you? The first Independence Day took place on July 8, 1776
Here is what freedom means to others who have gone before us:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
With this year’s Maxwelton Parade cancelled, we can remember the hometown feeling from parades in the past. A luxury then. And we didn’t even know it. Please, let us get better and heal our wounds.
Kate Poss David Welton
This Is Whidbey was founded by Kate Poss for readers who are interested in cultivating our island’s quality of life, including its land, sea, and air; its people, plants, and animals; and the bodies, minds, and spirits of its inhabitants. You may know Kate from her work in island libraries through May of 2016. Her background includes a career in newspaper reporting in Los Angeles for various weeklies and dailies, including The Los Angeles Times. She was a frequent contributor to the online Whidbey Life Magazine and still writes for the biannual print magazine.
Stories are highlighted by David Welton’s excellent photography. David is a retired physician who was a staff photographer for Whidbey Life Magazine since its early days. His work has also appeared in museums, art galleries, newspapers, regional and national magazines, books, nonprofit publicity, and on the back of the Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle!