Celebrating the 4th of July With Meaning

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

It's a true American holiday, as thousands of people gather with friends and family this 4th of July.

“I think people just think of it hey it's a free day off and they don't have to go to work,” Veteran Jeff Lemonds said.

But while we're here celebrating, thousands of others are serving overseas.

“I'm an active reservist myself so I have a lot of buddies deployed right now. And unfortunately away from their families right now so I definitely appreciate what they're doing,” Lemonds said.

He is visiting his family in Ralston Monday he watched the parade and couldn't help but think about what we're really celebrating.

“4th of July's, Christmas’, Thanksgiving, I think I've missed them all at one time,” Lemonds said.

He was deployed to Afghanistan and knows the important job being done.

Just up the street, Veteran Ron Billingsley knows exactly what kind of sacrifice military make.

“I wish I could be there with them,” he said. “It's dear to my heart, all the people that we have over there, it's just, and it’s hard. It's really hard.”

He has 20 years of experience with the army 82nd Airborn Division and spent several years in Desert Storm.

“It's our independence, let's just hope that our country can come around and be all we can be,” Billingsley said.

As the day comes to a wrap, two veterans join many others, saying thanks to those who do the job that gives us reason to celebrate.

“If people weren't willing to do it then people wouldn't be able to have great parades like this,” Lemonds said.

“Bring ‘em home,” Billingsley said.

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