Happy Fourth Of July!

What will you do on this Independence Day? Many of you will work at our jobs like any normal weekday. Many of you will be supporting good causes. Many, like me, are lucky enough to be able to spend some time with our family and friends. Others will spend their time making up reasons to hate themselves for being born American. And still others, the best of us, will spend their time defending the independence and freedom we enjoy and celebrate today.

How are you spending your 4th of July holiday? While most Americans probably slept, 1,215 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines raised their right hands and committed to a combined 5,500 years of additional service during the largest reenlistment ceremony in the history of the American military. Beneath a large American flag which dwarfed even the enormous chandelier that Saddam Hussein had built for the Al Faw Palace, members of all services, representing all 50 states took the oath administered by Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of Multi-National Forces Iraq.

So while you are celebrating this great nation’s birthday, take a moment to also celebrate the service of these brave men and women, because it is only through their service that you and I sit here at home in the peace and freedom that many of us don’t even appreciate and a few of us probably don’t even deserve.

God Bless America!

UPDATE:

Here is a picture of the ceremony via Powerline.

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3 Comments

  1. Congratulations, my blogging friend; this post has reduced me to tears. That the largest reenlistment ceremony should have taken place in a war zone, involving men and women who quite likely have been there a while, very possibly several times, is more than we can ask of them. And yet, we have asked it of them, and they have responded. Thank God for them!

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  3. This really got me going. Good stuff. Thanks.


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