The 4th: A Time for Remembrance


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Independence Day--July 4--marks the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the rule of British King George III. 


In modern times, we celebrate the Fourth with cookouts, fireworks and parades. But, for those of us connected to the armed forces,July 4 is also a time to reflect on the sacrifices and contributions that military members and their spouses make to ensure that the ideals of freedom, independence and American exceptionalism continue to flourish.


?The Fourth of July has always been a very special holiday in my family. It?s a day where we focus on the bravery of the men and women who have protected us since 1776,? said Alexandra O?Neil, VetJobs and Military Spouse Jobs communications coordinator. ?Now, being married to an active duty Marine, more than ever this holiday touches my heart on a deeper, much more personal level. It?s a day that I look at my husband, focusing on him only to see the complete love and devotion he has for our nation. I am always honored to be his wife, but especially so on the Fourth of July. Semper Fi.?


Navy wife and VetJobs Training Assistant Misty Henderson shared a similar sentiment.


?The Fourth of July is not about the barbeques and fireworks for me. It?s about the men and women who?ve raised and defended the flag and the country from tyranny. I personally believe that the sense of pride that I have as a spouse is no different from that of the military spouses who did what they could to support their spouses at the beginning of our country. They worked hard at home so their spouses could fulfill their deep longing to serve.?


On a lighter note, Sandy Sosnowski, also a VetJobs training assistant and Air Force veteran, recounted a childhood memory. Every Fourth, after a day in the pool at their home in East Valley, Ariz., her family would use her dad?s home-made wooden fireman?s ladder to climb up on the roof and watch the local fireworks, much to her mom?s dismay.


?We could see the fireworks from Legend City (a small version of Disneyland), the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona State University all from our roof,? she recalled. ?Going up onto the roof wasn?t too bad, but coming down, man that was one of the scariest things. My mom was afraid of heights. I think that sometimes poor Mom wanted to either kiss the ground when she reached it or bop Dad in the head for going up there another year.?