I am the son, brother, brother-in-law, friend, former roommate, pastor, and son-in-law of men and women who are either serving or have served our nation through the armed forces. I grew up in a military family. While there are many different opinions of our military, my experience of these individuals has almost always been a positive one. I’m grateful to those in my life and family who have taken on this responsibility. Without you, our freedoms are in question, our safety insecure, and our future less certain. And it just doesn’t feel right to celebrate the day of our nations independence without acknowledging the people who make it possible both then and now.

May God bless America, as America blesses God,