The Fourth of July. The day of American Independence. The Day America no longer wanted or needed English Rule. The day America was born.
This day did not come without sacrifice or blood. This day did not come about simple because it was willed into being.
The Fourth of July happened because there were men and women who believed in Hope, Sacrifice, Freedom and the American Dream. They were willing to pay the ultimate price for that dream- The dream for those who would come after. The dream for those they knew they would leave behind.
The Fourth of July was a dream which became real because those men and women didn’t believe that any price was too large to pay including their lives.
Since that day long ago men and women have continued to serve. They have been willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep freedom, hope and America safe.
Yes, some of those wars were not popular- some were political in nature. However, our men and women went gladly.
They knew they had a job to do and they were willing to do it.
Some of the wars include, The Revolutionary War, The War of Southern Aggression, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam(the war that wrongly slapped those who served in the face.) That war is the one we need to step back and say a very heartfelt THANKS and I’m Sorry for being so mad at you. The Gulf War, Bosonia, Somilia, Iraq, Desert Storm, War of 1812, French and Indian War, The Great Alamo War(Mexican War), The Spanish- American War.
I am sure I have left out some. The point is we have men and women down through out history and present day who have chosen to put their life in Harm’s Way for those of us left behind. They have left family and friends, homes and jobs to keep us safe.
Today we honor these men and women. We give all of them the thanks and support they have earned and deserve. We pay tribute to those who stepped up to the plate and stood for something. They are the reason we have a Fourth of July. They are the reason we can sit down to bar-b-ques and shoot off fireworks.
They are the reason we are still free.
Charles W Robertson(Deceased) 20 years Air Force
Jack Sumidajski Vietnam Vet (Bless You)
Author of “The Utopi that Once Was”
John Robinson (A Contractor embedded with the Marines in Afganistan)
Ryan (Can’t use his last name – special Forces)
Cory Tyler KIA IRAQ (2007)
Bart Burton (Washington)
Nick Marchese Marine Iraq
C.L Robinson Vet WWII
Lee Backstron Vet WWII Pearl Harbor the day it was bombed
Fred Williams WWII
Jack Sewell WWII
John Sewell Vet Navy Seal
Doyle Sewell Vet Navy
Staff Sgt Joseph Weiglein KIA Iraq 214 Inf BN 10th Mountain Div
Alex Lima Marine
Adam Carlson Nat’l Guard
Lawrence Reed, JR
Richard Simpson Koren War Vet
Steven Campanella Air Force
Men and Women Post 7508 Old Bridge NJ
Men and Women VFW Post Old Bridge and Monroe Towneship NJ
Jeffery Burlaga Marine- Vet Gulf War
Mike Miller Iraq
Homer Corley Koren War Vet
Kenneth Corley WWII Vet
William Corley WWII Vet
Robert Corley Vet Vietnam (A special Thank you)
David Skidmore Vet Vietnam (A special Thank you)
DJ Brian Nolan
James E Lewandowski
Micheal Burghardt Gunnery Sgt
Ruben Roberts Revolutionary War Vet
James Vietnam War Vet ( A special Thank you)
Mike Vietnam War Vet ( A Special Thank you)
Gene Dechalet Vietnam War Vet ( A Special Thank you)
Willard Holland Vietnam War Vet ( A Special Tank you)
Jacob Carlson Air Force
John Anderson Vietnam( A Special Thank you)
John Halcom Vietnam Vet ( A Special Thank you)
Dave Powers Marine
Carlos Rose Air Force
Happy Gray from Triad Pictures on his way to Iraq ( Be Safe come home safe)
To the Men and Women who have high security jobs and we are not allowed to name you on paper- We Salute you
I am sure there are more who I have not gotten to those we say Thank you.
Today of all days- Say THANK YOU to all who served – have served and are going to serve. These men and women are the real heros. We owe them our very life.
They are the reason for the FOURTH OF JULY.
Bless you one and all.
Yvonne Mason, Author
Stan’s Story, A Touch of Love
Brilliant Insanity, soon to be released
Silent Scream, Soon to be released