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Southport NC 4th of July 2011 – At a Glance

4th_41a With the 4th of July in Southport behind us, here is a look back at just a few of the highlights among the many at this year’s festival. Not a drop of rain fell on Southport during the 4 days although it would have been welcome. Highs were in the 90’s but the steady breezes blew and we all know it could have been HOTTER.

Certainly the proudest moment this year’s celebration was the arrival of the . The 20’ x 30’ flag, left in shreds after the collapse of the North Tower almost 10 years ago, has been restored and still being patched with smaller retired flags from around the country on its 50 state tour. Even a portion of the flag that laid under Lincoln's head the night he was shot, is now sewn in and part of the . A local couple whose son died in the North Tower on 911 is responsible for the great honor in getting the touring flag's only stop in North Carolina… AND over the 4th of July no less!

4th_45It was a great week of non-stop fun for those willing to battle the heat and the traffic. For those living or visiting friends downtown, porch-sitting, crowd-watching, corn-holing, and other various modes of "chillin" were a welcomed respite. It is always inspiring to be reminded that patriotism and "love of Country" are alive and well in the heart of America.

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope."  Robert Kennedy

Maybe I can save up all these feelings of pride gathered up over the last few days, put them in my pocket, and pull them out on rainy days... Thanks to the thousands that came together and made our little town the BEST place to celebrate the birth of our freedom.