Happy Independence Day!

As our country enters its 238th year of existence, I am struck by how much we have changed and evolved in that time. I am also reminded of the price of our independence and rights that has been paid in blood, tears, and lives over that time.

Walking around our nation’s capitol made it obvious how small the world has become and how many people are actually in it. Which then brings to mind some of the more irritating aspects of our society. In particular, how people treat the true heroes of this country.

Firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and other “small” heroes don’t get half the recognition that they should. Instead, we idolize musicians, professional athletes, and movie stars. So I am here today, on the anniversary of our nation’s birth, to try and change that by saying to them: “Thank you. You are appreciated.”

I would go on a rant about this but I think I will save that for another day. Until then, appreciate our heroes who dedicate their lives for our citizenship and safety. And try to give them the respect they deserve, especially on high people traffic days like today. A simple smile can go a long way to improve someone’s day.

Stay safe out there.

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