Celebrating Our Independence

What pops into your head when someone mentions the Fourth of July?
To civilians, chances are it is barbecues, flags, parades, throwing back a few cold ones and watching the night sky light up. There is so much more to it than that.
To veterans, the loved ones of the fallen, current service members and their families, it is Independence Day. On July Fourth, they celebrate the country and the independence for which they and their loved ones were willing to sacrifice their lives.

Perhaps this Independence Day, all can join our veterans in truly appreciating what our independence and freedom mean as well as the cost to achieve it.

Let us remember that without the men and women who willingly sacrifice their lives to secure our freedom, we would have no Fourth of July to celebrate.

Remember that the birth of this nation came with the loss of life paid by heroes willing to sacrifice everything that we may know how precious our freedom and liberty truly are.

Thomas Jefferson authored his last letter on July 2, 1826. In it, he proclaimed the importance of Independence Day:

“For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

Jefferson, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, died two days later on the Fourth of July.

Reference: Veterans Column: Fourth of July Carries Deeper Meaning for Some

Celebrate Flag Day

This Monday, June 14, is Flag Day where we as a nation celebrate the birthday of our beloved stars and strips.  In tribute to the American Flag, here is additional information on the history of Flag Day and Flag Etiquette, including how to properly display the American flag.

Flag Day (United States) on wikipedia

Flag Day and Flag Etiquette on Military.com.  Includes a video on how to properly display the American flag

Flag Day | All About the Holidays, a PBS Learning Media video

Argonne Veterans Buttons

Argonne Veterans Buttons
Buttons are now available for Argonne Veterans and members of the Veterans ERG.  After the success of the Core Values button campaign, we thought it would be nice for Veterans to be able to identify themselves with a button.  Please email veterans.anl.gov for more information.