I am writing this post on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy, years long ago, but never forgotten. Though it may sound cliché, the truth is, I might not be writing this post if the outcome during this epic event was different. Those heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the cause, changed the world for all of us, forever. For that, may they never be forgotten, but honored as we plan to do this year in our Mohawk Valley Independence Day 2014 Celebration, featuring the theme, “Honoring Our Veterans.”
As an MVID committee chairman for over 12 years, I have had the privilege of overseeing the planning of the annual 4th of July Celebration in Graeagle, and have been rewarded by the show of support by the community and out-of-town visitors who make this event something to cherish, and remember. In fact, this annual event enters its 42nd season this year, a milestone that can only be achieved by the support of the community, and our out of area visitors.
Each year, we strive to make this event a fun-filled experience for everyone, featuring dances, historic battles, music, great food, fireworks and a fantastic, hometown parade. It is truly an event that should not be missed, especially, this year, when we focus our attention to the many veterans who have served our Country with honor. May they never be forgotten.
Whether you have served, or have not served doesn’t really matter. Whether you agree with the policy of war, or detest it, doesn’t really matter. In the end, what matters is that we are all essentially the same – wanting the same things, striving for the same things. Freedom is universal. However we attain that is perhaps inconsequential. But for those who have been called forward to serve, or for those who have volunteered to serve, that inconsequential act becomes so very important, because courage is what makes us who we are. Right or wrong, with courage or fear, when we commit ourselves to a greater cause, in the end, we all benefit.
So this year, we honor our veterans. Be sure to attend if you can, because it promises to be an event that you will not soon forget.
Enjoy photos from last year's event on our Flickr page.