We celebrate holidays for a reason and we frequently forget the real meaning of these special days.  Often we are focused on the three day weekend, barbeques, parades and fireworks that come along with the 4th of July disregarding the historical importance of Independence Day.  To be born an American is a grand privilege.  We have freedoms and opportunities that so many others in the world will never know or experience.  I urge everyone to take the time to remember all of the men and women who put their lives at risk every day in order that we may continue to enjoy the liberties of our great land.  I am currently reading the book the Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell.  In my humble estimation, this book should be required reading by all Americans.  So many of us go through our lives with no understanding or appreciation of what our military personnel sacrifice to defend our great country.  Please don’t take for granted the freedoms for which these people are willing to die.