Happy Fourth of July!
Today, we get to celebrate one of SJSU’s favorite alumni athletes – Joey Chestnut! He has already won Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest ten times and is hungry for more wins!
Today, we also get to enjoy all these in-good-fun comics like this one:
But as we celebrate our nation’s independence day, it’s also time to reflect on the gift of freedom. So, let’s turn to poems like this one by Emma Lazarus as she contemplates the Statue of Liberty:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Source: Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems and Other Writings (2002)
Stay safe and let freedom ring!
We’re closed for the day but we’re back open for business on July 5th!