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Fourth of July is Independence Day

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Abraham Lincoln’s Independence Day Address in 1863

In Praise of “All” Veterans

“Gentlemen, this is a glorious occasion for a speech.

“I would like to speak in all praise that is due to the many brave officers and soldiers who have fought in the cause of the Union and liberties of this country from the beginning of this war.

“I say I would like to speak in praise of these men but I am unprepared. I would not like to mention the name of a single officer, lest in doing so, I wrong some other one whose name may not occur to me.

“Recent events bring up certain names, gallantly prominent, but I do not want to particularly name them at the expense of others, who are as justly entitled to our gratitude.

“I therefore do not upon this occasion name a single man. And now I have said about as much as I ought to say in this impromptu manner, and if you please, I'll take the music.”

Courtesy of James R. Heintze —

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A helpful list of things for Veterans to consider on the big day!

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

Read more about the Declaration of Independence

From the United States Census, here are some fascinating facts about July 4.

A lot of things have happened on the Fourth. The Library of Congress has put together a great guide.

The Fourth is when we fly the flag. Here are some great links to more information about our flag

“Folks remember how lucky we are to live in the land of the free.”

We celebrate the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth. But here are more of the important core documents of Democracy.

Because so many of us will be celebrating with fireworks, here are some very important reminders about fireworks safety from the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

For some Veterans with PTSD, the sound of fireworks can trigger uncomfortable memories of combat. Make the Connection with other Vets and share your experience.

Headed for the beach? Pool party? Wouldn’t hurt to review these reminders from the CDC.

Sometimes, folks remember how lucky we are to live in the land of the free and want to do something to help others. Here are some great suggestions for ways you can volunteer, make a donation and other ways to help your country and your fellow citizens.

Enjoy your holiday! Celebrate the Fourth!