Slightly Belated Independence Day Reminder

The 4th of July is typically a celebration of American freedom, but on this July 5th, I’d like to share a tale from a Veteran’s Day celebration in elementary school.

I was in 6th grade, and I was asked to get up in front of the school and say a prayer for freedom. I don’t remember the first few lines, but I’ll never forget the last two because I messed them up. It should’ve gone:

Make us brave and keep us free,
For our country and for thee

But in my nervousness, I managed to change one of the words and said:

Make us brave and make us free,
For our country and for thee

6th grade me was slightly embarrassed at the mistake, but 27 year old me realizes it wasn’t a mistake at all. Here’s to hoping that one day we are free from an oppressive and tyrannical government once again.

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