Most of the US woke up a bit late today as we celebrate the 4th of July. For many that means a day off the normal work load. That freedom and the countless others we have are because of our American men and women and their families. Many of them did not get up late today. They can’t call in sick or take many of the holidays we take for granted. How often do we take these holidays for granted by using them to see how much beer we can consume? Do we take even a minute and read about a true American Hero or take time to educate our children about the blessing we all have by living in this country. I feature on the echo today American Soldier by Toby Keith. I think it portrays my feelings and gratitude for these incredible men and women. How blessed I am to have been born in the country and reap daily of the blessings it offers me. Thank you for your endless service.