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What the 4th of July means to me

Independence Day

The 4th of July is a truly important day in our national history.  A patriotic holiday – A memorable event – A day America declared their independence.  It tells the world who we are and what we represent. Our pride, liberty, freedom to live in peace, the pursuit of happiness and the ability to live the American Dream.

The marching bands, the “Boston Pop”, the fireworks fill me with a sense of commitment to all I hold dear. These freedoms were won at great expense. The Wars, the losses, this is the cross we wear proudly.

I do not know what the future holds for the United States. At our worst, we are misunderstood by some around the World. At our best, we stand for Freedom!

I served my country during the Korean War, proudly serving from 1950 – 1953. My memories have faded of Wartime. Though, I will never forget the sacrifice of my fallen brothers and all the Americans who lost someone during the many wars in our Nation’s history.

I hope that on this 4th of July, during the Barbeques, family events and Fireworks displays, we all take a moment to honor our Veterans, past and currently serving; our Nation, and all that it stands for, and the people who proudly call this great nation, the mighty and strong U. S of A – Home!

Barry Mehden

Ret. Sergeant First Class

United States Army

Resident at Villa Serene Assisted Living


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