Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

On this 4th of July weekend, our country celebrates it's independence and freedom. While perusing my social media platforms this morning (Facebook, twitter & instagram), my feeds, friends, and followers were inundating timelines with posts, likes, shares, retweets, and favorites of the typical (and very appropriate) patriotic sentiments. I too, am proud to be an American (insert Lee Greenwood singing into your head here). 
In the last year, I've had the opportunity to travel to two different countries, something I had never done before. As amazing as those opportunities were, there's just something special about America. It is an incredible feeling to be back where things are familiar. It's home. It's my home! America is not perfect. In fact, it's far from it; however, it doesn't change the fact that it's my country and I love it!
Today's photo is not the typical patriotric picture circulating on social media. There's no fireworks, no fanfare. It's just a picture of Americans doing their job. There were no selfies to capture the moment, no tweets to instantly announce their accomplishments, and no Facebook posts to share with their friends. These Americans were doing their job, preserving our freedom and independence on foreign shores.
Thank you to the American soldiers who did their job that day. Thank you to the American Veterans who have served our country. Thank you to the American soldiers who continue to do their job to keep America a free land. Happy Independence Day, America!