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July 04, 2009

Session 4 | Day 7

Greetings from Manitou Springs as well as happy Independence Day! I hope this finds all well and blessed where ever you may be reading this from. I can assure that July 4th has been rightfully and justly celebrated today by all here at Summit. I'm sitting in a cozy, little corner of the lobby while all the other students are comfortable enjoying themselves around me. Everyone seems to be in good spirits, as they should be. Well, here goes a simple rundown of the day.
This morning we all woke up to the same drill and a little patriotic bugle serenade from the staff down stairs. Breakfast was excellent as always. I am constantly amazed that at the quality of food the staff fixes for us. Mealtimes are great ways for all of us to bond, strengthen, and make new relationships in a comfortable environment.
Morning class began with a special Pledge of Allegiance to Old Glory, the Christian flag, and Amazing Grace. This pattern is followed every morning. One of the staff leaders also finished the reading of the Declaration of Independence that we had been making our way through the past three days.
Although we got a break from most of our classes today due to the holiday, we still had one speaker that was very worth and meaningful. John Stonestreet passionately talked to us about the importance of marriage and the family and its effect on our society. It's was a moving speech reminding us all of the importance of marital identity and sexual integrity not only on ourselves but on society. When God created man (and women) in his image he created us to rule over the earth, to multiply, and subdue it. Simple enough, yes, but American society has unfortunately disregarded the integrity and importance of creating a family preserving its value. I think it was a good reminder for all of us being so young and eager to jump into the world. We have a job from God given at the beginning of creation. Those are just some of his most poignant comments.
About every other day or so Summit plays a well chosen video/documentary for us. Today was by far the most disturbing yet moving ones I might have ever seen. I'm not sure if I can even do it justice by description. The title was Obsession, and its subject was the Islamist Jihad. Enough said? The images were disturbing enough and the content was eye-opening. It's amazing how ignorant our American society is to such a huge threat just across the Shining Sea. America needs to wake up and pay attention. The threat is real.
Thus is a sum up of our academic instruction for the day and the rest of it includes a lot of simple, old-fashioned, American fun. Unfortunately the rain had other ideas about our planned park day cook-out, so a good number of the students ended up split between playing sports in the rain and coming back to the hotel for alternative, dryer recreation.
I feel as if everyone is getting along so well here at Summit. The environment provided for us is fresh and peaceful creating a good foundation for relationships and friends. Everyone is very real with eachother and chummy.
After hours of fun and games, we were all eventually rallied back into the class room for some patriotic singing and words. We sang every possible verse of every possible song about America. Star-Spangled Banner, My Country--Tis of Thee, God bless America, etc. A big moment of our night is when Kyle (one of the students) recited the Declaration of Independence. From. Memory. He had studied it this week and flawlessly and dramatically recited the document to us. Everyone was astounded (rightly so) and he justly received a standing ovation and lengthy applause.
After a few words from Doc, we traveled down to the parking lot to stake our claims for firework show. The weather was crisp and perfect and the show was impressive and colorful. An Ice Cream social followed and everyone split into groups to squeeze in some more fun and joviality before the night closed.
All I can say is Happy Birthday, dear, sweet America. I hope and pray that everyone can truly understand the selfless sacrifices that all our Founding Father gave for US. They set the example of how we are to constantly be thinking of our future generations, and not just ourselves. I hope that America was re-inspired today. I hope that America is grateful. Some very great men who lived a very long time ago deserve that from us. Here is the fourth verse from the Star-Spangled Banner that I did not recognize , but I found it very moving. I hope you do to.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust"
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Good night All! God bless, and God bless America.


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