Independence Day; A Marine’s Perspective

10 Jul 2013 | Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

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 free."

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 you."