By Ralphine Major

The celebrations will look different this year.  As summer moves on, it is unlike any other we have ever seen.  The Fourth of July is already upon us; but it will be a challenge for Americans to celebrate summer’s biggest holiday with the usual patriotic festivities.

Due to the uncertainty of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many parades have been canceled.  Some fireworks displays have also been canceled, giving Americans an opportunity to see drive-thru displays.  As this article is written, Tennessee is one of the states with an increase in hospitalizations for the virus.  In Tennessee, masks are required to gain entrance to doctors’ offices, hospitals, and amusement parks.  A second peak is expected come fall or winter.  While COVID-19 may require that we practice social distancing, wear masks in public places, and place sanitizing stations throughout our nation’s recreational areas, not even a pandemic can dampen the importance of America’s 244th birthday.  Our forefathers sacrificed greatly for the birth of our nation.  Veterans have kept her free.  Today, we owe all of them a debt of gratitude!  Happy 4th of July!  God bless America!  Be safe and well!

Words of Faith: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”  (Psalm 33:12 KJV)