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    Independence Day: What it Means to KBK

    by admin on Jul 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    The 4th of July.  What does it mean to you?  Most people think of patriotic colors, fireworks, parties, grilling and a time to spend with family and friends. At KBK, we decided to really think about what Independence Day means to us and write a short description of our idea of it. 

    If you were to ask me what the 4th of July meant to me a few years ago, my answer would have been, "Good times, with good friends and family, lots of fireworks, and beach days".  While the answer is generic, it rang true of my years growing up on Long Island in NY with me being in close proximity to family and the beach.  In the last 5 years though, that answer has changed drastically as I moved away from that life and into a new one. I married a military man, and those 4th of July celebrations have changed and so has the meaning.  The 4th of July is a day that reminds me to be grateful for all of the things I have been afforded in my life, and the independence I have come to know and love about myself.  This country was built on the foundation of freedom, independence, and the will to fight for what you believe in and I am grateful each and every day for that.  That statement also hits close to home this time of year, as I am one of many wives who will celebrate the holiday without there significant other as they continue to fight for our freedom overseas.  While there will still be fun had, and many firework shows watched, this holiday brings about the sobering fact that while we live in a country that is free, that freedom still needs to be fought for everyday.  So with that said, hug your loved ones, eat a popsicle, watch some awesome fireworks and celebrate the 4th with style.

    -Nicole Hoglund

    Independence.  Something some people can only dream of.  We take it for granted too often.  I get to wear what I want, say what I want, I can do whatever I set my mind to (as long as it is legal).  My kids get that privelige as well.  They can be whoever they want to be.  There is something so amazing about that.  When I think about how amazing it is, I think about my Grandfather, a Retired Lt. Colonel, who fought a long time ago for our freedom and my husband, who just got off the line and is now a recruiter.  They are the reason.  God knows it can't be easy to leave behind everyone who loves and cares about you and go somewhere where most just want to harm you.  But they do it.  They do it so we can keep this freedom and for that, they are heroes and we should be grateful.  So when we light that firework, cut our watermelons and grill those burgers, let's remember those who are protecting this freedom of ours.  They are the reason we have this day of celebration.

    -Nicole Fassl

    Independence Day for me, is a reminder of what a great country we live in.  I am a proud military mom, sister, daughter, great granddaughter, granddaughter, sister in law, and niece.  Every generation in our family, including my son’s, have fought to protect our independence.  I own a home in a city with one of the largest populations of veterans in our country.  It’s humbling to hear the pride in their voices as they describe what this country means to them.  Because of my family, and these brave men and women, I’m able to do what I love every day.  We’re able as women, to run companies, work remotely, voice our opinions, and know that the sky’s the limit, on our opportunities.  There were many sacrifices made to get us here.  Many women who also stood up and said, this is our country too, we’ll fight for it, we’ll die for it, and we’ll make sacrifices to preserve and grow a better life for our families and future generations.  I’m proud to be an American and proud of the strength and determination we share, to preserve our freedom.  Freedom isn’t free, so on this Independence day, be sure to thank a veteran, active duty military, policemen, or firemen.  Their sacrifices, and those of their families, are the reason we’re able to celebrate our independence! Happy 4th of July! 

    -Jan Beery

    Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  As most, I refer to the day as the 4th of July or simply, The Fourth.  This year will mark the 239th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence.

    I enjoy spending this day with family and friends.  When possible, I enjoy celebrating it with parades, elaborate fireworks displays, beaches, barbecues, and lawn chairs, as many Americans.  Between my grilled meals and cold beverages, I am sure to take the time to remember the true meaning behind Independence Day.  How our freedom has become, how someone fought for it, and how our soldiers continue to fight for it.

    As a sister of a prior service member, I appreciate the sacrifice soldiers and families alike go through.  So, remember to thank all the service men and women that have fought for this freedom.

    -Kelley White

    The 4th of July is Independence Day, a time of celebration.  We celebrate the birth of this great nation and the freedoms we enjoy because of it.  It is a time for flag waving, parades and splashy fireworks displays.  It should also be a time to remember, and celebrate, the sacrifices made by our military men and women - and their families - in the service of our nation and the freedoms it represents.

    We in America have so much freedom, and have had it for so long, that we tend to take it for granted.  We must continually bear in mind that independence always comes at a cost.  That concept is captured in the phrase “Freedom Isn’t Free”, as tattooed on my young son’s forearm.  (He is, and his older brother was, a soldier.)

    The cost of freedom (independence) is security.

    Our military men and women have sacrificed their security, and their own personal independence, in order to protect the security of our nation and the independence of action that we hold so dear.

    So say “Thanks” to a vet as you celebrate this Independence Day.

    -Rich Beery

    So, what does Independence Day mean to you?  Leave your comment, below.  Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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