Independence Day 2016 - A Different Unique Feeling This Year

On Independence Day, the “4th of July”, 2016, the United States will be celebrating its 240th year of independence. Happy Birthday!  We will celebrate this “fireworks-filled” patriotic holiday in various ways.

 

"The Flag still stands for Freedom", please give the respect it deserves - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

Disney World displaying their love for their country and Independence Day 2016 - Photo Courtesy of Caroline Tate

 

We may celebrate with the fireworks, barbequing, family reunions, travel and more. Also, we must remember those who fought for our country and are still defending our right for freedom.  Our past warriors paved the way and the present warriors are still paving the way.

  

Sergeant Deborah Bright-Bronner serving the Air Force (1970 - 1975) when women's roles were becoming more significant - Photo Courtesy of Deborah Bronner

  

There is no way we, living today should take our American history for granted, - the bad and good days. The bad days only make us become stronger as a Nation, if we work together, but everyone has to do his or her part for our country, whether you are military or a civilian.

 

As, I am about to retire from the United States Air Force & Reserve after serving 33 years for my country, my heart is sadden to say “goodbye”.

 

Technical Sergeant Renee Sudderth will retire with dignity & respect - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

However, I can say I loved putting the mission first, which often meant some personal sacrifices. But that’s alright because you know in your heart you loved your country and you have done all that you could do. Military life does not have to end because you are no longer wearing the uniform. As a retiree, there is still more to do for you and your country.

 

Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, a special beautiful base - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

To all the service men and women I have served with and served under, I say Thank You and I will always remember what we, as military personnel represent.

 

Air Force & Retired Air Force members bond will be there always & forever "Happy Independence Day" from Robins Air Force Base, Georgia - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

As the Air Force we “Aim High... Fly, Fight, Win”; as Army “Be All You Can Be”; as Marine “The Few. The Proud”; and the Navy “Honor, Courage, Commitment” and overall for all of the armed forces remember “It’s Not Just A Job, It’s An Adventure”.

So this Independence Day 2016, remember what this retiring veteran said and remember the recruiting doors are always open, come on in and serve your country with dignity, respect, courage and honor.

 

Retired Air Force Plane at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois goes hand and hand with future Retired Air Force Technical Sergeant Sudderth - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

Have a blessed, safe and memorable Independence Day 2016. And always give the United States of American’s flag its proper courtesy whenever it is flown and you hear the “Star Spangled Banner”. 

 

"Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies" - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

One of the greatest feelings was being honored at the "12th Annual Youth & Retiree Achievement Banquet @ Antioch Baptist Church North, Pastor Cameron Alexander in Atlanta, Georgia for 33 years of Air Force Service - Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

 

 © 2016.July This story written and photos by Renee Sudderth for Splash Magazines. It is not to be sold or reproduce without written permission of Renee Sudderth

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