Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Main Street U.S.A.
It was a treat to spend Memorial Day on Main Street U.S.A., where marching bands trumpeted patriotic tunes and we were serenaded by a barbershop quartet as flags waved in Florida's sea breeze.
Early that morning when my alarm went off, I woke up to Alan Jackson's beautiful and poetic "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning" which made me pause to remember the lost and fallen. As we drove to the Magic Kingdom, Martina McBride's rendition of "God Bless America" was playing on country radio and as we listened, we explained to our kids why we were able to have this special day off to celebrate our country, remember our freedom, and honor those who have defended it. We arrived very early to the parks expecting a huge crowd, and were pleasantly surprised to enjoy a rather non-crowded day soaking up the sun and making fun memories with our family. My dad, who served in the Navy, wore one of his Veteran shirts as he rode rides with his grandkids. The day was free and easy, and even included a few fireworks.
The looks on my kids' faces as we spent a day in a place where people from all over the world come for enjoyment reminded me how blessed we are. As we sat along Main Street U.S.A. and princesses waved along with our grand old flag, we sat in liberty.
"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
Our gratitude goes out to the brave as we remember.