Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. -- --
Independence Day sparks thoughts of
colonial America and the sacrifices made to make and sustain the American way
of life for many across the United States. Many Marines celebrate with these
time honored traditions, but also reflect on what the holiday means to them.
The service members that served in
the American revolution, and helped create the building blocks that our nation’s
freedoms and principles were built upon. Those same ideas are protected by
today's service members who have sworn to protect them for current and future
generations of Americans.
"What [service members] do
everyday preserves these freedoms for our families," said Lance Cpl. Blake
Damron, an aviation ordnance technician for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron
31. "This Fourth of July I just relaxed and enjoyed the freedom to do
whatever I wanted. That’s what makes this holiday special, enjoying the
freedoms set up and preserved by those that came before us."
For some serving in the military has
opened their eyes to what it means to serve and protect their country.
"Independence Day makes me
think of my service to the country and what hard working men and women are doing
every day to make the world a better place for the rest of us," said
retired Staff Sgt. Marcus Miranda, a former personnel administrator for Marine
Fighter Attack Squadron 122. "I retired 12 years ago and I no longer take
every day for granted. I watch the riots that happen in other countries on TV
and I remember the sacrifices that are made to make and keep America
For service members Independence Day
is more than just a day off to party and watch fireworks. The holiday is small
reminder of the great things they are doing for the nation and its people.
"I want to say a special word
of thanks to the men and women of our military, who have played such a vital
role in the story of our nation," said President Barack Obama during his
weekly presidential address. "You have fought on our nation’s behalf to
make the world a better, safer place. People in scattered corners of the
world are living in peace today, free to write their own futures, because of