Happy Fourth of July
As we kick back to fire up the grills, drink some beer and watch fireworks, take a moment to remember the real reason to celebrate; that is, the men and women on the front lines that keep this nation safe.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
By Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
God Bless the Troops!