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Walking south in the north bound lane of Michigan Avenue across Randolph Street

Traffic backing up on East Randolph during rush hour

Walking south, in front of Millennium Park, the American flag unfurling in the wind above them

No matter how I feel about the issues at stake, scenes like this remind me to be thankful for the freedoms I enjoy in the USA. Freedoms that citizens in other countries do not have, and that I can so easily take for granted.

 “Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light…in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”