Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and family reunions. Flags adorn many lawns and town squares. This three-day weekend gives us “independence” from the headlines of tragic global and national events, and allows us to take a breath and spend time with those most important to us.
While celebration and enjoyment are the focus, I will take time to keep a special thought for all of our military serving in the face of imminent danger. They serve at the command of our government and though I may not agree with every decision made by our president and congress, the soldiers are there and each one deserves our thoughts and prayers. I can hope that sometime soon, we will not need to have so many of our country’s brave woman and men in harm’s way many miles away from the families and friends back home that will be thinking of them each time a firework explodes high in the sky a safe distance away.
Enjoy the time ahead. Time with family and friends is precious. Be safe, healthy, and safe this weekend!