Foreigners Also Come to Celebrate Independence Day

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Updated: 7/04/2013 2:45 pm
        Today is not only a day of celebration for Americans, but many throughout the world are also celebrating America.

One person who is doing just that is a man from Africa who wanted to come and say thanks to the Rexburg Rotary Club for all they’ve done in Nigeria.

“I’m glad I’m part of this celebration, this is actually my first float since I was born and I’m glad I’m here, and like I said to my fellow Rotarians here, I will go back home and make a copy of what I’ve seen here, right over there on our Independence Day which is October 1” said Prince Will.

Prince says the Rotary Club has helped 28 villages in Nigeria get clean water. There’s an average of about 2,000 people in each village.

“It makes me feel great because we have been able to cut down the incidences of water-borne diseases in my community by about 75%, so our children no longer die of diarrhea and vomiting” continued Prince.

Not only is prince happy for what the rotary club has done, the rotary club is also thankful they could help and live in a country that allows them to.

“Rotary was first started here in America by people that want to do service and basically it has, America has provided us a means to serve not only each other here in America, but the whole world. The whole world benefits from our independence and being able to have established this great nation” said Rexburg Rotary President Darla Wilson.

“We are grateful to Americans and we say God bless America” said Prince.

The Rotary Club says they are grateful for all donations and promise 100% of the money they raise goes to helping others.
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colbysb - 7/5/2013 4:45 PM
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To Whom It May Concern: I don't know who chooses the music to be played on the Fourth of July, especially during the fireworks show last night but I think it needs to be reconsidered. Independence Day is national holiday to celebrate the work, toil and sweat given by our Founding Fathers to make this country an independent nation set apart from all the rest of the world, as well as the effort and lives given by those who have fought to maintain this independence and freedom. Unfortunately I feel that the celebration of this event has turned into just another national party with a reason to shoot off fireworks and get a day off work. I was wholeheartedly looking for a rejuvenating celebration of patriotism, but even during the Meleleuca fireworks display I did not hear the National Anthem played once, only party music with the word USA shouted without real concern for what the United States of America stands for. I do not dislike the music that was played, I simply feel that there is a time and place for these songs, but what we really need is a call back to arms and roots of the United States of America. I recognize that the music like the National Anthem of America offends some people and they are entitled to their opinion, however these people have chosen to live in the United States of America and if they do not feel comfortable supporting and defending this country then they perhaps they should seriously consider finding another place of residence. i hope I have not offended anyone with this message but that it is taken seriously and shared wherever possible. Colby Bradshaw
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