I love fireworks. I love this country. I can think of no country on Earth I would rather live in or be a citizen of.
Today we celebrate an event from 230 years ago that still reverberates strongly throughout the world, our independence. Our freedom.
That we sometimes take it for granted, or abuse it, does not diminish it's greatness, or it shouldn't.
When I served, this day held a special place in a service members heart. I do not think it has changed. No soldier stands at attention when the Colors are raised and lowered and fails to feel the pride that their service instills in them.
It is well deserved, and with equal pride, I say thank you. Keep up the good work.