The 4th of July means a little something different for everyone, but is particularly important for veterans like myself. It falls right as the weather becomes predictably pleasant (and sometimes brutally hot!) in the Northeast and, as such, usually involves family picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor fun. We enjoy the time we get off from work and the time with our friends and families.
But as the days pass and we flow into the rhythm of summer, we sometimes forget what we’re really celebrating in the beginning of July. We’re celebrating the independence of our nation and that which makes us so quintessentially different than any other nation on earth. This “American exceptionalism” is why so many others and myself have served and defended our country and its core values.
Veterans like me understand the unique honor we have had to serve our country, as we did proudly. Even as we may no longer wear the uniform, we are Americans in our hearts.
We’re defend and serve a nation that rejected tyranny and monarchies while embracing the voices of many in true republican fashion. So, each 4th of July as we feel connected to our friends, loved ones and all of summer’s splendor, we’re also firmly tied to our history and American heritage.
American exceptionalism indeed.