independence day: 240 years and counting!

july 4th is american independence day, and 2016 marks the 240th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence. to celebrate this day most americans do very independent things like get together with family and friends for celebration with barbecue and fireworks. occasionally there's the odd amount of beer consumption. typically this comes with the "here, watch this ... " story that results in something that someone somewhere will regret later. but, that's all just part of the experience! because 'murica! ;) but, it's also a time to reflect on our nation. a time to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have, and to consider the men and women that serve today and in the future that will continue to protect our freedoms. a time to enjoy all that we have accomplished as a nation, and a time to remember that we have much work to do to improve our nation even more. we as americans have much to be thankful for, much to be proud of, and much work left to do to improve ourselves, our nation, and our world.

happy birthday, america!

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