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Flags, Fireworks and Parades for The 4th of July

It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting home – alone.  Well not exactly, Michael Franks is playing in the background as I reflect on the past week.  I attended the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  That was quite the experience, but I’ll share that story with you a little later.

I’d just started getting into the saxophone solo on Eighteen Aprils when I was startled back into reality by what sounded like a firecracker.  Impossible, this is inside city limits and no firecrackers or ordnance of any type will be discharged inside city limits, right?  Oh well, I guess we’re just getting an early start on the annual fireworks that accompany most 4th of July celebrations.

When I went to check mail this morning I saw a small U.S. flag sticking in the ground near our mailbox.  As I looked down our street, I noticed that each yard had a similar flag sticking in the ground near their mailboxes as well.  A sure tell tale sign that we’re getting ready to celebrate the 4th.  My neighborhood has done this for as long as I can remember.  We will also have a neighborhood/community parade.

While these are all very nice ways to celebrate our Independence Day, let me offer something else for you to consider.  Walk up to a service member and say “Thank You.”     Thank you for “standing in the gap” and providing the freedoms we enjoy yesterday, today and tomorrow.  If you’re a business owner or executive with hiring authority, offer the Veteran a job.  Can we do this?


See you on the high ground!


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