“When I was a kid, I used to look at July 4th as a sign that we were dreadfully halfway through the summer, and heading back to school was the dreaded foregone conclusion. When I was in my college years it signified that the Major League Baseball All-Star game (The Mid-summer Classic) was only a week away; as well as I still had a solid 6 to 8 weeks left in my beach time. Upon graduating from college, entering the workforce, and subsequently every day since then, the July 4 holiday for me is now a time meant to reflect and pay homage to those brave, courageous, men and women who have served, or are serving our country, to protect the very freedoms that founded this great nation of ours.
Most of us enjoy those freedoms in large part to the immense sacrifice made by very special and selfless individuals. Currently, approximately, 1.4 million men and women serve in our armed forces and military. Add to that number the nearly 2.3 million individuals who are either police, fire, or rescue professionals and you have about 5 million people protecting 320 million United States civilians. Also we have almost 6 million veterans in the United States from every world war or conflict.
So while this time of year is a great chance to enjoy our pools, beaches, barbecues, and multiple outdoor activities, please stop and reflect on the great sacrifice made by so many to help defend this nation from insurgents across this and other countries. Their tireless work and efforts to protect us should never be forgotten or under-appreciated. On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce thank you to all who serve this country and allowed us to have a very Happy 241st Birthday.”
President & CEO
Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce
Previous Blog Posts:
June 29, 2017 Chamber Blog – Athena Leadership Award
June 26, 2017 – Chamber Blog – Earlham College
June 15, 2017 Chamber Blog – The Spirit of Golfing
June 7, 2017 Chamber Blog – Congratulations to the Class of 2017