If you’re like me, you probably have a busy day ahead of you celebrating the 4th of July holiday with family or friends. My two brothers are visiting along with their wives and children, and I’ll be hosting the BIG cookout tonight.
Thankfully, our kitchen is almost back to normal! Our countertops were installed earlier in the week, just in the nick of time. With new cabinets, counters, appliances, and flooring, our kitchen is starting to take shape! The only thing left to do is put up the backsplash behind the counters.
Anyway, the 4th holiday always reminds me of all things patriotic including the war America fought to gain her independence. Most people are familiar with the Revolutionary War in the late 1700’s which was when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
However, fewer people are aware of another war for independence that America fought. That was the War of 1812, about 30 years later. At that time, the young American nation was being bullied quite a bit by its former Mother Country. Great Britain had been illegally impressing American sailors, had been restricting trade with other nations, and had been supporting Indian tension along the frontier.
Of course, there were other more complicated reasons for the war, but essentially, the newly formed United States had the need to reassert itself to the growing pressure of the British in the North American continent. The new nation needed to prove that was indeed strong enough to be a nation in its own right.
The war lasted approximately two and a half years. It was brief but destructive. But it also gave the American nation one of the most beloved treasures it has known–our national anthem.
Yes, it was during the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Key to write a song that still inspires us every time we sing it.
As we celebrate the hard-fought freedoms of our nation this week, I pray we will remember all those who suffered and gave their lives so that we could have the liberties that we have today!
My newest book, Captured by Love, is set during the War of 1812 on Mackinac Island in my beloved state of Michigan. It centers around the many struggles that arose during the war including Americans losing their homes and land, starvation-like conditions, tense relationships with the natives, and much more.
Captured by Love officially hit shelves on July 1! So all this week we’re partying over on my personal blog! I invite you to stop by and join the fun. Of course a party wouldn’t be complete without a BOOK GIVEAWAY. Swing by for your chance to win one of 4 signed copies of my new release AND books by Siri Mitchell, Tracie Peterson, Julie Klassen, and Kate Breslin.
Click here to go to the party: Release Day Celebration and Giveaway
Blessings to you this holiday! How are you celebrating?
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