It was my first time on an Aircraft Carrier, and it was quite an experience ! The shear mass and size of these things is almost incomprehensible, let alone that it's sitting peacefully on top of the water, which seems like utter magic for something almost the size of a street !
I wandered around a bit checking out some of the tanks and other vehicles and weaponry and trying to imagine what it would be like to live and work on on this mammoth.
I ended up on the top deck and was checking out one of the war helicopters and I noticed a beautiful view of the city and skyline, as well as a large American Flag blowing in the wind. I felt drawn to wait for a good gust to come by to infuse both elements into one image.
I share this photo with you today, on the 4th of July, more in the honor and pride of what America was, more than what it is becoming, on the ideals, rather than the reality. This country was, and still is, one of the greatest on the planet, especially by comparison; but it could be, and should be much more, as it's founders had intended it to be.
On this day I would ask you to really think about what today is, what it stands for, and more so what it took to make it possible, not just summer fun and barbecuing, such as how President's day has become the day to get a good deal on a car.
I wish you and yours a very happy 4th of July !
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