Happy Birthday America

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As we celebrate the upcoming birth of our nation, let us take time out to remember what a great nation we live in. Our history is rich and diverse. Many great men and women have taken up arms to defend our shores and maintain our freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. flagLet us not take for granted that a great deal of work by many people gave us these inalienable rights, so we cannot sit by, aimlessly thinking that everything is alright and someone is taking care of our country.
Be involved in your community, know what is going on in politics. The only way to know what truly is going on is to be involved. This is your life, your town and your country. Do not sit idly by and think that someone else will do what you want or expect.
We are living in historical times. With the tumult of the European markets resulting from the exodus of Britain from the European Union, global change is here. Who will be next? What are the implications?
So, as we celebrate the birthday of the United States and enjoy a wonderful three-day weekend, be thankful for our forefathers. Consider playing an active role in your community to enable us to continue the quality of life we so richly enjoy on our shores. A freedom that draws so many from other countries to our home.
Happy Fourth and God bless America! —Elizabeth Johnson

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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