Happy 4th of July

4th of July soldier

I’ve been thinking about what I should write about today. I thought about some holiday recipes and lots of inspirational stuff, but I decided that we have lots of days to talk about all of that. I really wanted to focus on what this day really means.  We all think about the 4th of July as a day of parades, picnics, barbeques, swimming, bonfires and fireworks. I hope we are also remembering just what this day stands for. A lot of us think that the we  celebrate the 4th of July as the birth of the this country.Yes, it was the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, but after the signing, we still had to win the war! We celebrate the 4th to affirm our commitment to freedom, liberty, and freedom of choice. We must remember that there are still many men and women who are still fighting for that freedom.

Once again, I can’t say this any better than my cousin Daron who served with the Marines in Afghanistan. He has quite a way with words.

Within the next 3 months a lot of memories take shape, as they do every year.Losing friends, losing family, losing brothers…it’s never easy no matter how much time passes or how much you try to numb the pain.Afghanistan isn’t a fun place, it’s a trial of your fears, your willpower, and your strength. Jesus may have spent 40 day in the desert for his people, but we all spent 7 months in the desert, fighting, sacrificing, bleeding,sweating, and trying to stay alive for a lot of people we don’t even know.So my request is this…this Independence Day…celebrate…and thank a service member you don’t know, because he or she is exactly like all of us…fighting for people they don’t know so we can all live our lives the way we do.

Semper Fi, Semper Kill, God Speed to the boys deployed, come home safe and keep the tradition of our brotherhood intact”

And how could I not include a link to one of my absolute favorite patriotic songs. Listen to the words, be thankful for our freedom and thank a service man or woman. And please remember, that although our soldiers may come home looking “healthy” many of them are battling the invisible wounds of PTSD. Please pray for them all.


Happy 4th Everyone



  1. Well said Jules!!!