Loory: The July 4th parades have passed by, the barbecue fires have gone out, the fireworks are gone, and the Declaration of Independence will not be looked at again for a while by most people. In the United States, Independence Day involves a great outpouring of patriotism, a recommitment to the honor of the nation, a recognition of the joy of family and friends and a holiday of relaxation from the rigors of everyday life. Americans think of Independence Day as a once-a-year happening. However, it is not only a U.S. holiday. Just about every day of the year somewhere on our planet is a day to celebrate a national holiday. National holidays are celebrated for many reasons. Sometimes they mark the achievement of independence, as does July 4th. Sometimes they celebrate the day of a religious figure, as does St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Sometimes they mark the birthday of a monarch and sometimes they mark the overthrow of a monarch. It is enlightening to take a look at national holidays around the world. With the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, what are the country’s commitments to traditional values on this July 4th?
National holidays unite citizens
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