Just like Memorial Day, the meaning behind the celebration of July 4th has become more apparent and meaningful to me the older I get. Sure I love the cookouts and the fireworks, but I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of thankfulness for our freedom on this day. The older I get, the more aware I am of how others in other countries live. Every single day when I get up and get dressed in what I pick out and go to work I take for granted that I am even allowed to do these things. I can vote (and I do now!) I have the freedom to be me. There are so many people in other countries that don't have those rights and freedoms.
We are so lucky that so many men and women stand up and go fight so we can be a free country. Now that I have so many friends in the military (two of whom are getting ready for a deployment in the next 2 months) and a brother in the Marines I am very aware of the sacrifices made so that I can be free.
Today while you are hanging out and watching fireworks, take a little time to remember those who are securing our freedom right now as we speak.
America is really a great place to live, but it is because of those that protect our freedom that it is such a great place. We are very lucky!
I hope you have a great 4th of July! Stay safe!!