July 2, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday, America!

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Welcome to 4th of July weekend! Traditionally a time for families to gather, load up the BBQ, play games, swim and generally enjoy the summer. For some, though, there will be an open chair.  Maybe not literally, but for sure figuratively.

There are over 1 million members of the US Military, all of whom deserve our heartfelt thanks for their efforts to protect and serve our great nation.  Of those, there are several hundred thousand serving abroad and will not be able to celebrate our nation’s 234th birthday with their family.

Having grown up around the military, I’ve seen some pretty amazing Independence Day celebrations.  Not because of the parades or fireworks or grand hoopla, but because I was around soldiers and their families and I got to see first hand how much they love what they do.  I know the sacrifices their families make so that the soldier can do his/her job.  I’ve seen grown men and women cry upon saying those final good-byes before heading out to ‘fight the bad guys’.  It is these images that symbolize Independence Day to me.

So, rather than waiting until the 4th of July, when everyone is celebrating with food, fun, and games – I post today a heartfelt thanks to all the men and women in military service, past and present, for keeping us safe and allowing us to celebrate another Independence Day.

Keep this in mind this weekend, so when you see a soldier you’ll be reminded to say Thank You.  Maybe even buy their coffee, let them go ahead of you in line or stretch out your hand and shake their hand.  Tell your kids about our great country. Remind yourself of the great sacrifices that individuals have made so we have the freedoms we have today.

Happy Birthday, America!

How are you celebrating this 4th of July weekend?  I’m staying home, trying to avoid the heat.

Sara

{ 3 comments }

Wisconsin Mommy July 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Beautifully said! Happy 4th.

TracyC July 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I am going to my dad’s to celebrate OUR soldier finally stateside for longer than a month after two years in Korea. Hope you enjoy your 4th…

Sara July 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

Tracy,

I hope you have a great time with your family member. And thank you for reminding us that there are soldiers deployed all over the world and we need to remember all of them and appreciate the sacrifice they and their families make for our safety and freedom.

Have a great time,
Sara

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