The true meaning of July 4th

Schools out, it’s almost the 4th of July and I believe it is important to remind everyone what this holiday truly means…

On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence – drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

We [Veterans] know all too well the sacrifices it took to gain independence and this year could be historic in the way we celebrate the holiday, due to the pandemic.

HOWEVER, just because we won’t all be together physically, I still want to socialize and share stories of military experiences. I’ll be the first…

I joined the Marine Corps in 2004 and my first duty station was Okinawa, Japan – another historic theater for U.S. history. I served a 2-year tour in Okinawa and I was able to visit Hiroshima and Iwo Jima; both sites gave me chills just thinking about the battlefields and what those generations experienced.

I was flight crew on KC-130’s, which was a workhorse throughout every war era since the 50’s – it is an incredible plane! Did you know it is the only aerial refueling aircraft that can go fast enough for jets and slow enough for helicopters?

I traveled just about everywhere throughout my career and had multiple deployments, my experiences were great and the bonds were unlike anywhere else.

Which brings me to my point – I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

If you served tell me what your role was and where you served, etc. Also, tell me what you are up to these days? Working, retired, etc.

If you haven’t served… tell me about yourself and someone you know that served. There are so many heroes out there; my grandfather, for instance, was in the Battle of the Bulge. NEVER FORGET

I can’t wait to hear from you, shoot me an email. Jeremy