Posted by: SJS | July 4, 2022

Happy 4th of July

Ukrainian servicewoman Nadie, 36, poses at the military camp in the village of Luhanske, eastern Ukraine September 24, 2014. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

As we celebrate Independence Day this year in our nation, we do so with the full awareness that the brave women and men of Ukraine are this very day fighting for their freedom–and their survival–against an enemy who has every intention of wiping their country off the map. This brutal fight has been going on since 2014, when this stunning photograph was taken in Luhanske in the eastern section of Ukraine.

In the calm smile of Ukrainian soldier, Nadie, I see steely determination and an inexhaustible resolve to stay in the fight for as long as it takes. There is no surrender in the Ukrainian armed forces. Despite recent Russian advances on the eastern front, the combination of advanced weaponry from the West and the fighting spirit of the Ukrainian people will eventually prevail. Militarily and morally, Russia has already lost this war.

Democracy, freedom, and the rights of self-determination are what Ukrainians are fighting and dying for every day. They are showing us just how costly it can be to preserve the things that we too often take for granted. Glory to Ukraine.

Have a happy and safe July 4th.


  1. This was a great blog post. The spirit and determination of the Ukrainians is an inspiration which I hope will serve to make us here in the U.S. fight for our own democracy with the same level of commitment.

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