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A Veteran reflects on July 4

Posted on June 30, 2023 by Sonoma Valley Sun

As we approach the commemoration of our nation’s independence, we, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and deep reflection on this significant occasion. This July 4th, as we gather with family and friends, let us remember the immense sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women to secure and preserve the freedoms we have come to know.

Independence Day is not just a time for fireworks, barbecues, and parades. It is an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the principles that define our great nation—liberty, equality, and justice. We must remember that the freedoms we enjoy are not free, but are the result of the unwavering dedication, sacrifice, and commitment of those who have sworn to defend our nation. As citizens, we have a duty to honor their service, support our veterans, and work tirelessly to protect the liberties they have fought to preserve.

As the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of California, we urge our fellow citizens to come together in unity, setting aside our differences, and embracing the ideals that have made our nation a beacon of hope and freedom. Let us honor those who have gone before us, those who currently serve, and those who will wear the uniform in the future. Let us recognize the sacrifices of the fallen, the resilience of the wounded, and the dedication of our veterans.

God Bless America!

— Tim Bryant, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California, State Commander

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