To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day. Courage. Remembrance. Heros.

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July is a celebration and remembrance of the American rebels who were courageous enough to stand up and fight for what they believed in.  Because of those brave volunteers who risked everything, including their lives to fight for Liberty, we have the America we know today.

Today, we Americans still have volunteers fighting for and protecting Liberty around the globe. These American's join the Army, Marines, Navy, and the Air Force.  Liberty has a high price, of blood to maintain.

In Remembrance and Honor of all the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for Liberty in the last 235 years every American should take a few minutes to read the Declaration of Independence. You can read it in it's full original text here.

I would also like to take a moment to Honor The Fallen on this day.
SPC Kevin J. Hilaman, was killed in action on June 26th, 2011 in Kunar province, Afghanistan.  He was 28 years old from North Highlands Sacramento. SPC Kevin J. Hilama was killed during a battle with enemy forces who attacked his unit with small arms fire.  SPC Hilaman joined the Army in March 2003 as an infantryman serving honorably in three overseas deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

 SPC Hilaman served with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based in Hawaii. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters. Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal. 

SPC Hilaman will be receiving a heros welcome home on Tuesday, July 6th at 10:00 am at 308 Peacekeeper Way, Mc Clellan Air Force Base (MCC), North Highlands, Ca 95652.  If you live in the area and would like to honor SPC Hilaman and his family the Patriot Guard Riders are an excellent, patriotic accepting bunch of people who I suggest you get in touch with. 

Welcome Home SPC Hilaman. Thank you for your service and your courage. May you and your family find peace. 

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