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A Salute to the Stars and Bars this Independence Day

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Independence Day means so many different things to different people.  For some it’s another 4 day weekend, for others it’s BBQ time and for a few it stands for freedom, life, and liberty.

My view of Independence Day evolved as I’ve gotten older.  The 4th of July has always been a time for tanning, eating hot dogs, listening to loud music and watching fireworks.  And in many ways it still is.  But it’s also grown into so much more.  Especially since I married my husband.

I’m SO Proud of My Husband and What He Does

My husband has been in the Army since 2006 and on active duty since 2010.  In that time he’s deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, Africa, and Korea.  He participated in both combat and peace keeping missions during those times.  For me, the peace keeping missions hit closest to home.  He played with orphans, organized clothing drives and provided beds, pack and plays, and cribs to small children who had never slept in beds before.  His unit provided security to locals who would’ve otherwise been prey to terrorist regimes.

When I think about the birth of our nation, our Independence Day, I can’t help but think about some of these other nations.  For whatever reason, they’re not able to secure their own borders.  Thank goodness the United States is able to help these people.  What would have happened to us in 1776 without the manpower and knowhow to fight back?

When my husband deployed he missed birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries.  It makes me feel so much better knowing that while we’re missing him, he’s making a major impact on other people’s lives.

I Hope People All Over the World Get to Celebrate Their Own Independence Day

I get to lay poolside, drinking margaritas, listening to my kids splashing thanks to the American soldier.  And thanks to modern American Soldiers, one day, more people across the globe will celebrate their own independence day.

A Salute to the Stars and Bars

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19 thoughts on “A Salute to the Stars and Bars this Independence Day

  1. I have a few people in my family that served this country. I’m sure it is hard for you and your family when your husband is deployed. And you’re right! They are definitely making a major impact on other people’s lives.

  2. We don’t. Celebrate the 4th of July in our country. But I have spoken to many that do,and you are right for some it has much deeper meaning than for others.

  3. I love your patriotism in this, and how proud you are of your husband. Please tell him thank you, from a complete stranger.

  4. Days like these remind to us all the people and especially the soldiers who fight for a better life for everyone, all around the world. God bless them all!

  5. I love this headline! Thank you for bringing awareness to what we should be celebrating every July 4th <3

  6. My feelings have also evolved over time (but I still love a good BBQ). Thank you to your husband for his service and thank you to you and your family for their sacrifices.

  7. Thank you to your husband, others like him and all the military families like yours! I think because we live in a time and place of peace it’s easy to take those things for granted. My wish is for everyone to have it.

  8. It’s true, my feelings about the day have changed as I got older. When I was young, we were always at our annual timeshare on the beach (we still are most years) and it was all about the pool and sand and fireworks. As I got older, I understood more what the day meant, and now that I have young kids it’s partially about the fun and making sure we remember the reason for the day.
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  9. Please thank your husband for his service and thank you for the sacrifices you make while he serves our country! Growing up, my great grandmother volunteered at the local V.F.W so I was always taught how meaningful the 4th of July was and how important our military is. Now as a mom, we celebrate both the 4th of July and Juneteenth as days of freedom for our wonderful country!

  10. I hope you have a great 4th! I come from a military family but we look at as a day to eat, drink, and be merry. Love seeing other points of views.

  11. Yes, yes yes! That is one thing we speak to our children about often! We explain to them that because there are people fighting for our country, that we even get to enjoy days like that. Please thank him for our service, it means the world to us and thank YOU for what you do for your family so he can do what he does.

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