A Different Kind of Fourth of July
Watermelon: A Fourth of July Tradition

A Different Kind of Fourth of July

It’s the Fourth of July! A day when Americans across the nation celebrate our independence with flags, hot dogs, watermelon, and fireworks. We join in the fun of course with a mix of all of these traditions and a few of our own.

Watermelon: A Fourth of July Tradition
Watermelon: A Fourth of July Tradition

This year my mindset is a little different as we just returned from an official Military Memorial to honor my father-in-law who passed away recently.

I had never experienced anything like this kind of event: the formality, the great honor, the 21-gun salute, and taps played on dual trumpets. It was so touching and inspiring, I was awed and heartbroken all at the same time.

Military Memorial Service Official Salute
Military Memorial Service Official Salute

Although this kind of post might be more appropriate for Memorial Day, I think the topic is just as important when celebrating our Independence and honoring our brave service men and women who serve our country.

Charity Navigator posted a list of their most highly rated organizations that support our troops. There were several missions that resonated with me personally and I invite you to check them out:

When gazing at those beautiful fireworks, I’ll also be breathing a word of thanks for our brave troops. I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!

`Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

For more insight into our Military Memorial service, see my review on Yelp for the Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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