Independence Day

  • Published
  • By Maj. Richard Hulun
  • 49th Contracting Squadron commander

Independence Day, better known as "4th [Fourth] of July weekend," is most often celebrated with friends and family over long weekend plans, to include barbecues, boating, and best of all, the fireworks celebrations. 


Officially, this day is a federal holiday to observe and celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.


But what is this celebration for? Why have we fought in the numerous conflicts over our great history for both our people and people of other countries?


It's remembrance ensures our independence and freedom based upon our beliefs and values that are protected and enforced. We, as the United States, along with our allies ensure these same freedoms are allowed to all within our abilities, and sometimes it takes military force for this assurance if diplomacy fails.


Take a moment to realize why we serve, the sacrifices many of us make and the ultimate price some have given.  All to protect our independence and freedom and allow the opportunity for others in which we have earned.


Have a happy and safe Independence Day!