US Flags and Landmarks

I’ve been fortunate to travel to all 48 Contiguous States. I have to say, every one was special in its own way.  There was a unique beauty in each of them.

During our travels, I met some friendly, wonderful and truly amazing people. They all had their individual stories.  One common thread that I’ve discovered with our American friends and acquaintances – they loved the flag and their country.

My first trip was to New York City as a ten-year-old.  In retrospect, it wasn’t much of a trip, as my cousin preferred to stay in his yard and coerced me to play marbles instead of going to the world’s fair grounds. In the past thirty five years I made up for that one trip.

At this point, I have lost track of the sheer number of trips, but I have kept track of the states visited.  For a visit to count on my checklist – I have to eat there, take a picture and use the facilities.  Three states barely qualified, but they count – Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas.  I wasn’t avoiding, it was simply the need to get somewhere else.

 

This image is from “my places” folder on my iPhone.  It kept track of locations for photos taken in the past six years.  Please note – images captured in other formats are not recorded. Thus, the first thirty years of visits are not reflected here.

Nothing says, “Welcome to America” more than the Statue of Liberty.

One final note, over the course of the past thirty years of interactions with our neighbours to the south a number of recurring themes have become evident. Some were truly wonderful and some truly disturbing.

One on one, our relationships have been wonderful and respectful.  I am a member of a financial planing think tank –  even there opinions were polarized in opposite directions, but dialogue was respectful.  We never have to agree on everything, but having that respectful open dialogue sure goes a long way.

The people we met on our journey are not very different in their basic needs from each other. We all want to provide for our children, have a roof over our heads and put food on the table. Deep down – people of whatever colour, ethnic background, nationality or social strata have come to North America in general and the USA in particular in search of better lives for their children and themselves.

America – those people are the fibres that make your fabric so amazing.  Celebrate your blessings and commonalities.  Also celebrate your differences as you’ve done in the past.

Happy Fourth of July from a frequent guest and an admirer of the way you love flag and country.

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