Happy Birthday, America!

Fourth of July courtesy graphic

Fourth of July courtesy graphic

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! It is a time to celebrate our great Nation's unique history filled with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As we enjoy our Nation's festivities, we should also reflect on the debt we owe to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice when fighting to establish and preserve our freedoms.

While celebrating in our Florida sunshine, please remember to be safe. Be smart in and around the water, with fireworks, and if you decide to drink -- be responsible and have a plan.

If you need a ride, call Patrick Air Force Base Airmen Against Drunk Driving at (321) 494-RIDE or (855) 2-TOW-2-GO. Don't let poor decisions ruin your holiday celebration.

You are essential to our 100 percent mission success. We want all members of Team Patrick-Cape to return with great 4th of July memories-- play hard, have fun, but stay safe!

Eddie and I send our best wishes for a happy Independence Day. Thank you for your dedicated service to our Nation!