I would like to ask, does England have a 4th of July?

Our 4th of July evolved from the Revolutionary War. It started when Benjamin Franklin and others sent a message to King George to go fly a kite.

Everybody knows about Paul Revere, the midnight cowboy of 1776, who rode around yelling, "The British are coming." His first stop was at a sleazy hotel. Nobody knows how he got his horse up to the 7th floor.

After that, a nut, thought to be John Paul Jones, was seen waving a lantern. He must have been looking for girls, because he believed in life, liberty and the happiness of pursuit. He was willing to pay their transportation, one if by land, two if by sea.

George Washington was known for standing up in a boat while crossing the Delaware. He was afraid to sit down because somebody would hand him an oar.

When Washington's troops wintered at Valley Forge, it got down to 10 below zero. It was the United States first cold war.

Some of us celebrate the 4th with fireworks well into the night. We believe it's Snap, Crackle and Pop, Larry, Darryl and Darryl or The Three Stooges.

Our country is great and we should honor our flag. Millions have come for a better life, because we have been blessed with liberty. We have equal opportunity and should be equally obligated. Dignity should be given to all.

Our country is not perfect. We should all do what we can for it.

David Dorris