Independence Day- A Parent’s Perspective

July 4, 2008 · Filed Under Military Parents 

On July 4th, while everyone else is celebrating with picnics, a day off work and a trip to see fireworks, jumping in the pool and hosting parties – the parents of serving military members have a different perspective. The families of service members, whether they are deployed, stateside or Guard members who are home and at the party – remember that we are celebrating a day that we Declared ourselves free. But that freedom had a cost then, and has a cost now. Our Family member(s) are the ones paying that price. They put their hands up and swore to

support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.


having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

So today, we thank them. And from the authors of Parents Zone, we thank YOU – the Moms, Dads, Wives and Children, Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins – the ones whose eye is drawn to that man or woman in uniform, with a smile and feeling of “yeah, that’s one of us” – the ones who send the care packages, write the letters, take care of the home they will come back to – the ones who send up a prayer for their soldier, the marine or airman, the sailor – and the men and women they are serving with – the ones with the blue star in the window.



4 Responses to “Independence Day- A Parent’s Perspective”

  1. Biermann on July 4th, 2008 4:54 pm

    Yes! We do thank them!

    Today is the first holiday since my son has left for West Point, I am so proud of him and that of my daughter whom serves in the Illinois National Guard

  2. Some Soldier's Mom on July 4th, 2008 8:28 pm

    How’s this for a thank you?? I tell ya, I know just where we find these men and women… they come from us!!

  3. nanceoso on July 5th, 2008 2:43 am

    You just made me get on the internet and phone and contact all 3 of my airmen and my daughter who takes care of her airman. It is the day where they told me people were saying thank you to them all day long as they were in uniform. We are proud but they feel and wear that pride. Thanks for posting the article.

  4. Joyce on July 6th, 2008 12:42 am

    It sure is good to hear from our sons on the phone. Army son was enjoying a picnic with hot dogs on the grill but technically, the day off. And Air Force Son always gives us a treat with squealing granddaughter in the background. We spent the day hunting and poking around the web for the real news. Reading carrier stories over at
    riveting stories aboard a carrier. Wow

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