July 4th: Remembering and Celebrating Independence Day

Onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Eric Kaplan, right, and Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Brian Lenz, prepare to eat hot dogs during a Morale, Welfare and Recreation hot dog eating contest Feb. 13, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball)

First, a few fun facts courtesy of Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer director of the Defense Centers for Excellence: for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury:

  • Three of our nation’s presidents died on the Fourth of July. Two, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on the same day in 1826, which also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe died several years later on July 4, 1831.
  • According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, “On Independence Day, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times.” July also happens to be National Hot Dog Month.
  • Our national anthem is set to the tune “To Anacreon of Heaven” thought to be a drinking song of 18th century London society.
  • $232.3 million is the approximate value of fireworks imported from China in 2011. By comparison, the United States fireworks exports came to just $15.8 million in 2011, with Australia purchasing more than any other country, totaling $4.5 million.
  • Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, was Liberty, Mo. (29,149). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.

The family support group T.A.M.P.A.  on this July 4th is sharing this message on its website:

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea 

Let us swear allegiance to a land that is free

Let us all be Grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

– Irving Berlin 

T.A.M.P.A. serves families throughout Florida who have a family member serving in the United States Marine Corps. Although it’s primarily for Marine families, the group welcomes all military branches.
Members include Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, those in Boot Camp, individuals in the Delayed Entry Program, family members, friend & supporters. Gold and Silver Star families are also welcome.
The organization will hold its 5th annual memorial event that honors
our Fallen Florida Heroes and their Gold Star Families – the 5th Annual Run for the Fallen – is August 25 and 26.
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One Response

  1. Always on target!! Thanks!

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