Most people throughout the US are lighting up their barbecue grills and headed to the beaches, at least they are here in Miami. As a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I often wonder how many people truly view the holidays of Independence, Memorial, and Veteran's days for what they truly represent. They are days that are dedicated to the recognition of not just the veterans who have fought for our country, but of what has made us the first truly independent state of the world.
We were the first democracy of our kind, and it was forged by the blood, sweat, and tears of the colonialists. They were tired of the tyranny that came with European Monarchs, and in turn created what would become one of the greatest nations in the history of our world.
So lets all take a moment to remember what today is truly about. Its about the freedom that was fought for us to be able to sit back and relax, without worry of oppression. Its a day that helps us remember that insulting our country's leaders for decisions they make is a concept that is only about 200 years old. And of course, don't ever forget those who have lost their lives in preservation of our freedom, as their sacrifice is the greatest sacrifice one could give. They gave their lives for YOU, someone they didn't even know!
HAPPY DAY OF OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE FROM TYRANNY AND OPPRESSION!