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.
August 2-6, 2021 is designated 2021 Veterans Advanced Energy Week.
The 2021 Veterans Advanced Energy Week will be a series of interactive learning and networking experiences dedicated to veterans and military spouses working to strengthen US national security through careers in the advanced energy industry
Visit the 2021 Veterans Advanced Energy Week website.
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.