The Fourth of July. Although usually surrounded by picnics, parades and fireworks in the evening I have spent many holidays to include the Fourth of July away and usually on a Combat deployment. If you have read OMV before you understand how the warrior feels when he misses a holiday especially while he is deployed. We get over it but yes it sucks.
Below is a letter I got duing my 2008 deployment
Dear United States Marines,
I have never written one of these letters before, let alone one that might be read by many. I will do my best. July 4th is coming up in a couple of days and it makes me think of how proud I am to be an American and how damn proud I am of our Marines and other service members. It also makes me sad as I remember the pictures flashed on the news of soldiers who have given everything for their country. We are given name, rank, hometown, and where he died. I know deep down that he was someone's son, someone's husband. He had his entire life before him, now his future will be remebered as what could have been.
When I think of the wars in the Middle East in those terms, it is hard to support. On the other hand I do understand we must finish our commitments over there and not leave those places in a shambles. Whoever is leading our country next year, I hope they make the decisions required to wrap this up and bring you guys back to your families, who no doubt miss you greatly. I'm sure the 4th will bring your families to think about you and wish you were there, but they will no doubt be as proud of you as I am (probably more). Keep kicking ass over there, you Marines are right up there with the best this country has ever produced. Stay safe guys.
Time for a CGar!!