Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. (Learn more at history.com)
As you celebrate the Fourth of July this year, remember those who serve; our veterans and those who will continue to protect our freedom, here and abroad.
Helping Veterans & Military Personnel
They are no longer on active duty, but the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces deserve praise – and, if needed, a helping hand. Ways to salute our veterans run the gamut, from simple expressions that cost only your time to monetary donations to a cause that in most cases are tax-deductible. Here are ways you can support military veterans and those currently serving.
(click on the links to see how you can help!)
1. Give a veteran a ride; 2. Donate frequent flier miles; 3. Buy veteran-friendly holiday cards; 4. Help build a home for severely injured vets; 5. Keep veterans off the streets (Stand Down Programs) 6. Send a care package or a letter; 7. Help them take flight (Take a Veteran to a Memorial); 8. Share their stories; 9. Say thank you (If you know a veteran or see someone in a military uniform, say something, it will be appreciated) 10. Wounded Warrior Project 11. Fisher House Foundation 12, Hire a Hero USAprovides job training and skills training for seeking jobs. 13. Operation Gratitude supports troops with care packages.