Happy Independence Day, America!

July 2, 2010

By R.W. Hampton

As Americans around the world get ready with family and friends to celebrate our Independence Day, I’m contemplating the few precious hours my family and I will spend with my son, US Marine Corps Sgt. Cooper Hampton, later this month before he leaves on his second combat deployment. It is a strange irony and a sobering reminder that while much has changed in our country, the cost of freedom is still the same.

So here I am with another video… a little tribute to America and all the men and women who have paid the price for our freedoms. If you like this little song, please consider forwarding it along to share with your friends. And of course, I always love to hear what you think.

Happy Independence Day, America!

11 Responses

  1. Savoring my deep reaction to hearing this song. It should be all over the Internet and all forms of media to reach around the world. Am trying to figure out how to submit it.

    Upon hearing RW, I called Sharon Mansker, the lady who needed the last little push RW offered when he sang in Monterey at the church with a broken leg and ribs. She accepted the Lord right after that. She doesn’t, however, have a computer so I put the phone next to the sound. Aaron hasn’t come in yet, so he hasn’t heard it.

    There aren’t a whole bunch of songs written by RW, but when he does write one and adds his God-given voice, he hits a home run!

    Am going to call some folks and see what can be done. Thank you, Lisa and RW for sharing this with all of us. Continued blessings on your son and your whole family. You are a model for all of us and a true gift of God.

    Hugs from afar,


  2. Bobbi Moss says:

    R. W., hard to find the words to express how I feel about this song. My husband served in the Marines during the Viet Nam era. I lost a cousin and a friend in Viet Nam. Our son served in Desert Storm, he came home but not the same as when he left. So I will simply say “Thank You.” I pray that God richley Blesses you. Bobbi

  3. RW, this is great! done in the spirit of American’s! Thank You and Happy Independence Day to you and the family of America!
    Your Western Belle, Barb Richhart

  4. R. C. Wilson says:

    AMEN!!! Great song–you need to send that to Obama & his crew in Washington, D.C. and see if they get the hint. Tell Cooper many thanks for what he’s doing!!! Take care ya’ll.

    God Bless You & Yours,
    R. C.

  5. Kaye Kuhn says:

    Wow! would love to see this go around the world, and be up there with America the Beautiful & Star Spangled Banner. The power of your message really hits my heart!
    Sure do think this is a keeper to share!
    Wishing Cooper, and all of you a fun 4th of July.
    Hoping to see you soon!
    Love, Kaye
    and Earl too!

  6. TJ Casey says:

    Thank you for sharing my friend. Yep it’s time to get back to what this country used to be. Only the one’s like you and me that can do it.
    Blessed Trails & Happy Independence Day.

    TJ Casey

  7. travis says:

    This Arizona boy says AMEN. Great song, from a great patriot. Hope to travels bring you close to Moccasin, Arizona sometime in the next year or so. Beautiful colt, great family, warrior son, & the perfect song. I am not jealous, I am not jealous, I am not jealous.

    travis heaton

  8. SGT John Culp says:

    Mr. Hampton,
    I know you from Shepherd’s Valley in Egan. My father sent me your link, and I must say, I am looking forward to learning how to play your song. I hit the plane for AFG in September and I hope I have a chance to meet your son over there. Keep up the fires back home!

    Take care,
    SGT John Culp
    10th Mountain Division
    “Climb to Glory!”

  9. RW Hampton says:

    Thanks John, your comments really mean a lot to me. I hope you learn that song and if you end up down in the South keep a look out for the 2/9, they should be there till February.
    God Bless and take care!
    Till our trails cross again,
    R.W. Hampton

  10. RW Hampton says:

    Be there in a few weeks for Kanab’s Gathering, hope we get to see you and the family then!
    Thanks… jealousy excluded.

  11. RW Hampton says:

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging words. This song is just a reflection of what I feel and my way to honor those who have given so much for our freedoms.
    God bless,

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