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  • Celebrating Faith, Service, and Sweet Freedom this July Fourth

    Colonel David Dodd

    As a military veteran, the Fourth of July stirs my sense of patriotism with a surge of memories and appreciation for the time I spent serving with Soldiers and Army families. Seven Core Values In the military, we were part of something much bigger than ourselves, serving in an institution with a rich history of seven values: duty, honor, integrity, loyalty, respect, personal courage, and selfless service. We were a small part of an orga... more

  • Firework Safety

    Fireworks bursting in front of a flag.

    The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks that comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations can be relatively safe when... more

  • Soldiers Urged to Stay Safe Over Independence Day Weekend

    Crowd around Fourth of July fireworks.

    WASHINGTON -- Army leadership urges all Soldiers, family members and Army civilians to incorporate safety into their 4th of July celebrations in order to minimize any unwanted incidents during America's birthday celebration. Soldiers and their families can stay safe this 4th of July, and during the summer months, by adhering to some safety tips provided by the American Red Cross. The increased traffic flow due to holiday travels makes highwa... more

  • Fun Facts About the Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence

    America's revolutionary Charter of Freedom, the Declaration of Independence is a document upon which our nation's founding principles were established. The Declaration of Independence set the course for our nation on a journey of freedom, which also led this historic document on its own journey. For example, did you know: Who Authored the Declaration of Independence?  Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence,... more

  • Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day?

    The Reason We Celebrate

    We celebrate the Declaration of Independence for two reasons. It represents an official severing of ties between the original 13 colonies and the rule of Great Britain. But it also represents the core of our beliefs, the very makeup of our identity as citizens of the U.S. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, combined a rich a history of ideas and eloquently presented them to the then King of Great Britain along... more

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