On Wednesday, millions of free Americans honored the birth of our nation with barbeques, parades, and lots and lots of fireworks. Hopefully, many took a moment to appreciate and pray for our troops overseas, to whom the 4th of July takes on an added significance as they honor the day in the midst of conflict.
Breitbart reports that our troops in Afghanistan, who have been faced with a recent wave of terrorist bombings in Kabul as the Afgan Taliban and their supposed rival, ISIS, have been hitting the city hard.
Despite being thousands of miles away from home and engaged in such a messy battle, our armed forces were treated to a fun–but reverent–Independence Day celebration.
U.S. service members in Kabul took a moment’s respite from the wave of terrorist bombings in Afghanistan in recent months to enjoy a lunchtime ceremony in honor of America’s 242nd Independence Day on the Fourth of July.
“It’s an important holiday because we fight for it,” U.S. Army Cpl. Ruby Cruz of the 191st Regional Support Group Forward from Fort Allen, Puerto Rico, told Stars and Stripes in Kabul.
Acknowledging that she missed the celebrations back home, she added, “But we have fun here, too, so it’s not too bad.”
A barbecue dinner in the evening is expected to follow the Fourth of July ceremony at the headquarters of the U.S.-NATO mission known as Resolute Support (RS).
“American flags could be seen in all corners of NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on Wednesday as U.S. service-members celebrated Independence Day,” Stars and Stripes reports.
U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, made a statement to mark the occasion:
For American servicemen and women who are deployed overseas, this day holds a very special significance, and it reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices made by previous generations of patriots in all of America’s wars in defense of liberty at home and abroad. …We hope Afghans will remember this, that reconciliation is possible between rivals.
After 17 years of conflict, Trump’s singular goal in the region is reconciliation between Kabul and the Taliban.
On Independence Day and every day, we honor our troops and thank them for their sacrifice as well as the sacrifice of countless brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our sacred liberty.
The 4th of July celebrates the birth of our nation, which was founded on the principles of liberty and freedom. On this #IndependenceDay, we send thanks and wishes to our troops at home and overseas as they continue to protect our nation. @CJTFOIR @ResoluteSupport pic.twitter.com/NhxNGaUqdN
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) July 4, 2018
Happy 4th of July from U.S. Forces – Afghanistan!@usairforce Master Sgt. Christine Johnson sends a #4thofJuly #independenceday greeting to her family in Spokane, Wash. @DeptofDefense @ResoluteSupport @CENTCOM @USAFCENT @USEmbassyKabul pic.twitter.com/o9CtQphLLb
— USForces Afghanistan (@USFOR_A) July 4, 2018
Join the conversation!
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.
Facebook’s Latest Move Effects The Ability to Effectively Elect Our Nation’s Next Leaders
Did they just cross the line and meddle with the upcoming US Elections?
VIDEO: ‘Morning Joe’ Drops Truth Bomb on Democrats for Treatment of Kavanaugh. Here’s What They Said.
Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and an ardent critic of President Trump, has been on a roll lately,...
New Report Says ABC Execs Regret Booting Roseanne. They Had This to Say About New Spinoff
Executives over at ABC are starting to sweat bullets over the new “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Connors,” fearing it will end...
Teacher Under Investigation After Comments She Made About Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller
A teacher recently made some rather rude and, quite frankly, strange comments about President Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller, stating...
Protester Asks GOP Senator to Apologize to Her Children. The Response She Gets Makes Her Angry.
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters were all over Capitol Hill for weeks before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court, walking around the...