On this day, the 225th anniversary of our nation's birth, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for, but how many of us have any inkling of just what sacrifices our forefathers made so we could be free?
Tonight we'll gather with family and friends, either at barbecues and swimming parties or to watch fireworks explode over a hot and muggy nighttime sky. With all the fun to be had we'll likely have little time to really contemplate the gravity of those sacrifices made by a great many so that our United States could rise from a loosely banded land of colonial rebels to the most powerful union in the world.
In the generations since our forefathers put their lives on the line to sign the Declaration of Independence, U.S. citizens have repeatedly tested their loyalty to this country by fighting wars to protect democracy. Americans have repeatedly shown they still are willing to pay the ultimate price in the name of freedom. That is not a point to be taken lightly, and right here in the Imperial Valley, we have our share of brave souls who gave their lives for their country.