Editor:

Tomorrow, God willing and if the creek don't rise, the Bel Air Independence Day Committee will deliver to this fine community a wide range of activities and spectacles the likes of which are only witnessed once a year in this town.

I have been asked many times what motivates me to give so much of my life to this once-a-year event. Our parade chairman reminded me the other day what it is. Our Committee is comprised of ordinary people who do extraordinary things for this day. Their dedication over the years has been an inspiration to me. The number of hours that they spend planning and executing their contributions is incredible. The term "last full measure of devotion" has even applied to some of our past volunteers, who came to help knowing that they only had a short while to live. We are thus dedicating this event to Volunteers.

I also feel that the Fourth of July is worth celebrating. It means so much to us as citizens of this nation. A birthday party celebrates a birth, but it also celebrates the journey, as well as our hope for the future. What can be more wonderful than to celebrate all that is good and great in this country of ours?


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Of course, we are far from perfect and we always will be. As long as we are free, however, there will be different ideas and perspectives which will be expressed. Our nation allows such things. In a dictatorship, only one perspective matters. These discussions may shape our future. We can only get better as a result.

Please come out and join us and help celebrate our journey together. You should have a lot of fun.

Donald Stewart, President

Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc.