Fourth of July is a time when family and friends gather for backyard barbecues, fireworks shows, parades and more.
But the day means so much more. It marks the day the United States declared its independence from Great Britain.
It is celebrated to honor the sacrifices so many made 243 years ago all in pursuit of life, liberty and freedom.
As we’re grilling up the burgers and dogs, waving at the people walking the parade route or watching the pyrotechnic show in the sky, don’t forget those who have served.
Take a moment to honor them. Then take another to remember the many who are currently serving.
They are the ones putting their lives on the line now to ensure those ideals so long ago are not forgotten.
It only takes a second.