The following are my original thoughts on July 4th. —
US Army Officer
When I was a US Army officer I was there of my own volition to defend and to protect the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of others. At this time I voluntarily surrendered my own freedoms where others could enjoy theirs. I gave up the right to be with my own family and friends so that others could enjoy that right and be with theirs. I gave up the warmth of home and familiarity of residence, so that others could enjoy such things. I gave up the right to come and go as I pleased so that others could enjoy that right.
My actions allowed others to work where they wanted, to worship the God of their choice, and to not worry about being enslaved by a foreign power. On July 4th I appreciate the right I had to make that choice and I appreciate the men and women serving in the military and US government, both in domesticated foreign service that have allowed me to have these same liberties after my service to my country. That is what I think of when I think of the Fourth of July.
Freedom, Liberty, and the Selfless Sacrifice
I think of freedom, liberty, and the selfless sacrifice of Americans for other Americans.